The State of Israel will be the target of a criminal complaint that the Al Jazeera television network intends to submit to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague over the killing of Shireen Abu Aqleh, one of its journalists.
The petition, which accuses “Israeli occupation troops” of murdering US citizen Abu Aqleh on purpose in May, is anticipated to be submitted later on Tuesday.
While covering a clash between Israeli soldiers and Islamic Jihad militants in the northern Samaria city of Jenin, Abu Aqleh suffered a mortal injury.
During the conflict, a second Al Jazeera employee—a photojournalist—also sustained injuries.
The US asked Israel to conduct an internal investigation, but it was unable to determine whether the bullet that killed Abu Aqleh was fired by the IDF or by militants from Islamic Jihad.
Israel acknowledged that there was a “high chance” that an IDF soldier had mistakenly shot Abu Aqleh.
Israel stated it would not assist with an investigation into the killing that the US just announced would be conducted by the FBI because it was “interfering in internal matters.”
On the other hand, Al Jazeera asserts that it has fresh proof that IDF soldiers “directly fired at” Abu Aqleh.
The report said it was “absolutely false” that Shireen was accidentally murdered during a firefight by the Israeli authorities.
Abu Aqleh’s family and Al Jazeera’s legal team are anticipated to conduct a joint press conference at The Hague when Al Jazeera formally files its appeal with the ICC.