Investigation by Al Jazeera has obtained on Thursday an image of the bullet used to kill the network’s journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. On May 11, Shireen was shot in the head by Israeli occupation forces while on assignment in Jenin. Members of the international community have condemned her killing and are continuing to call for an investigation.
The picture above shows the remains of the bullet that killed Abu Akleh last month. According to experts the green tip bullet is capable of piercing armor, and its used in a M4 automatic rifle. According to forensics experts, as Al Jazeera reported in a live broadcast, the munition that ended Shireen’s life was a 5.56 mm caliber.
According to the Palestinian Prosecutor’s Office and the autopsy report, the bullet entered the lower part of Shireen’s head, ricocheted off her helmet, and lodged itself in her head. The M4 type of rifles is typically used by the Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank.
Al Jazeera used 3D models to identify the types of weapons Israeli occupation forces were using during their attack on Jenin. The network confirmed that it was a M4 rifle that Israeli soldiers were equipped with. M4 is the type of weapon that uses 5.56 mm bullets. open source data supports the fact that the Israel special unit accused of shooting Shireen used this type of weapon.
BREAKING || A new investigation by Al Jazeera, based on military experts' opinions, revealed that the Palestinian veteran correspondent for Al Jazeera, Shireen Abu Aqleh, was murdered by an Armor-piercing bullet fired by an Israeli occupation sniper. pic.twitter.com/BkiigueRia
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Justice for Shireen is yet to be delivered, and accountability has still not taken place while questions remain unanswered including if an order was deliberately given to kill Shireen Abu Akleh despite being clearly marked as a journalist and posed not threat. the Palestinian Authority and Al Jazeera called for an independent investigation on the killing of the American-Palestinian journalist.