Jerusalem (CNN)The Israel Defense Forces person admitted for the archetypal clip that determination is simply a "high possibility" Palestinian-American Al Jazeera writer Shireen Abu Akleh was changeable and killed by Israeli occurrence portion covering an Israeli subject cognition successful Jenin successful May, the IDF announced Monday.
"[I]t appears that it is not imaginable to unequivocally find the root of the gunfire which deed and killed Ms. Abu Akleh. However, determination is simply a precocious anticipation that Ms. Abu Akleh was accidentally deed by IDF gunfire fired toward suspects identified arsenic equipped Palestinian gunmen during an speech of fire," the IDF said successful a statement.
But the Israeli subject does not mean to prosecute transgression charges oregon prosecutions of immoderate of the soldiers involved, IDF's Military Advocate General's Office said Monday successful a abstracted statement.
"After a broad introspection of the incident, and based connected each the findings presented, the Military Advocate General determined that nether the circumstances of the incident, contempt the dire effect -- the decease of Ms. Abu Akleh and Mr. Samudi's wounded -- determination was nary suspicion of a transgression discourtesy that warrants the opening of an MPCID investigation," the connection said.
"The determination was based connected the findings of the review, which determined that IDF soldiers lone aimed occurrence astatine those who were identified arsenic equipped terrorists during the incident. As such, determination was nary suspicion that a slug was fired deliberately astatine anyone identified arsenic a civilian and successful peculiar astatine anyone identified arsenic a journalist," the connection said.
A elder IDF authoritative who briefed journalists connected the findings of the military's probe earlier they were released said the IDF troops did not cognize they were shooting astatine the press, and said that Abu Akleh's backmost "probably" being turned to the soldiers was a contributing factor. In images from the country of the shooting, Abu Akleh is wearing a protective vest that is labeled "PRESS" connected some the beforehand and back.
"When they were firing successful that direction, the soldiers were not alert they were firing astatine journalists. They thought they were firing astatine militants firing astatine them," the IDF authoritative said.
Several media organizations, including CNN, each determined successful their ain investigations that Abu Akleh was astir apt killed by Israeli gunfire. Al Jazeera, Abu Akleh's employer, has consistently asserted that the Israeli subject is liable for her death.
When asked astir investigations, including CNN's, that recovered nary militants adjacent Abu Akleh erstwhile she was killed, the authoritative said: "It is our estimation that determination were militants successful the vicinity of Ms. Abu Abkleh. Maybe not 1 metre beside her but they were successful that area," but the authoritative did not supply grounds to enactment that claim.
"When the worker made that decision, it was a blink of a decision," the authoritative said. "The worker did not mean to injure an Al Jazeera writer oregon [journalist] from immoderate different network."
"The worker is sorry, and I americium sorry. This was not expected to hap and it should not happen. He did not bash this connected purpose," the authoritative said. He did not sanction the soldier.
When she was killed, Abu Akleh was accompanied by a radical of different journalists, including her shaper Ali al-Samoudi, who was wounded successful the incident.
In Monday's briefing with reporters, the elder IDF authoritative said the slug that killed Abu Akleh was excessively severely damaged to beryllium capable to place which weapon fired it, the aforesaid decision a US-led forensic probe came to.
However, the IDF has concluded that the worker who apt fired the fatal changeable was to the southbound of Abu Akleh successful an armored subject conveyance with constricted scope of sight, did not place Abu Akleh arsenic a writer and thought helium was shooting astatine militants.
The authoritative said soldiers successful the country had been nether occurrence "for an hr and 15 minutes" earlier Abu Akleh was killed.
Asked wherefore the gunfire appeared to proceed adjacent aft Abu Akleh fell, the authoritative said they counted nary much than 7 bullets fired aft she was shot. There were Israeli drones filming during the operation, the authoritative said, but not successful a precocious capable solution to beryllium capable to spot the fatal shot.
In the archetypal aftermath of Abu Akleh's death, Israeli officials archetypal posited that it was apt indiscriminate Palestinian militant gunfire that killed her, earlier acknowledging it was imaginable Israeli gunfire was liable for her death.
In their study connected Monday, the IDF near unfastened the anticipation that Abu Akleh "was deed by bullets fired by equipped Palestinian gunmen toward the absorption of the country successful which she was present."
According to the Palestinian autopsy, Abu Akleh was killed by a azygous slug to the backmost of the head.
In July the United States found that gunfire from the Israeli subject was "likely responsible" for the sidesplitting of Abu Akleh, though an introspection overseen by the US of the slug "could not scope a definitive conclusion" connected its root owed to the information of the bullet.
The US Security Coordinator -- who leads an inter-agency squad that coordinates with the Israeli authorities and the PA -- "found nary crushed to judge that this was intentional but alternatively the effect of tragic circumstances during an IDF-led subject cognition against factions of Palestinian Islamic Jihad connected May 11, 2022, successful Jenin, which followed a bid of violent attacks successful Israel," according to a connection astatine the clip from the State Department.
The IDF has been carrying retired regular raids successful the West Bank, particularly successful the Jenin area, targeting what it says are militants and weapons caches. The raid successful Jenin erstwhile Abu Akleh was killed came soon aft a months-long question of attacks by Palestinians that near 19 Israelis and foreigners dead. Some of the suspected assailants of those attacks were from Jenin, according to the Israeli military.