US again pressing Israel to reconsider open-fire rules after IDF’s Abu Akleh probe

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US again pressing Israel to reconsider open-fire rules after IDF’s Abu Akleh probe
State Department indicates administration unhappy with steps taken by army so far on reforming rules of engagement in wake of accidental shooting of Palestinian-American reporter
By Jacob Magid

The US said it would continue to pressure Israel to reexamine its military’s rules of engagement Tuesday, after an IDF probe into the killing of Palestinian-American reporter Shireen Abu Akleh determined that errant fire from an Israeli soldier was likely responsible.

“We’re going to continue to press our Israeli partners to closely review its policies and practices on rules of engagement and consider additional steps to mitigate the risk of civilian harm, protect journalists and prevent similar tragedies in the future. That is a key goal for us,” State Department Deputy Spokesman Vedant Patel said.

The prepared statement from Patel, which sharpened an earlier US reaction, would appear to indicate that the Biden administration remains unsatisfied with steps Israel has taken since the Al-Jazeera journalist was killed while covering a firefight on May 11.

more............. https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-sa...l-over-open-fire-rules-after-abu-akleh-death/
 
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