On Friday, the Israeli occupation army made its first public apology for the assassination of Al-Jazeera correspondent Sherine Abu Aqleh, during field coverage in the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank last year.
This came during an interview with the spokesman for the occupation army, Admiral Daniel Hagari, with “CNN”, which considered that “this is the first time that the Israeli army has apologized for the killing of the Palestinian-American reporter.”
“I think it is an opportunity for me to say here that we are very sorry for the death of Sherine Abu Aqleh,” Hagari said in his apology.
He continued, “(Sherine) was very well known,” claiming that “we in Israel value our democracy through which we give high value to journalism, especially a free press… We want journalists to feel safe in Israel, especially in times of war, even if they criticize us.” .
And last November, the occupying state refused to submit its soldiers to interrogation by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, after it opened an investigation into the incident.
Abu Aqleh, who had been working for the Qatari Al-Jazeera channel for 25 years, was killed on May 11, 2022, and the Palestinian Public Prosecutor announced, following an investigation conducted by the Palestinian Public Prosecution, that the bullet that killed Bashirin was fired from a weapon of the Israeli occupation army.
According to the results of the Palestinian investigation, Abu Aqelah was killed by a 5.56mm bullet fired from a Ruger Mini 14.
Several investigations conducted by international media, including the Associated Press, also proved that Abu Aqelah was assassinated by a bullet fired by a soldier from the occupation army.