Israel: US investigation into Abu Akleh killing ‘a serious mistake’

Defence Minister Benny Gantz has declared that Israel will not cooperate with any outside investigations into the murder of Al Jazeera correspondent Shireen al-Akleh.

The FBI is said to have launched an investigation into the murder of a Palestinian-American reporter who was killed while covering an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin in May.

She had on a press vest and helmet for protection.

“The US Justice Ministry’s decision to investigate the unfortunate death of Shireen Abu Akleh is a serious mistake” Mr Gantz said last night.

The US Justice Department and FBI are not commenting on reports of an investigation.

An Israeli military investigation in September said that unintentionally shooting Busing was plausible, but Palestinian gunfire was also a possibility.

Family members and Palestinian officials have denied claims that Israeli forces deliberately killed Abu Akleh, saying she was standing near militants when she was shot.

Other witness accounts of the incident dispute that Israeli positions were under fire from the area where Abu Akleh was standing when she was killed.