IDF spokesman Daniel Hagari mentioned the anniversary of the death of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in an interview with CNN on Thursday.
In his comments, Hagari apologized for the first time on behalf of the IDF for the death of Abu Akleh.
"I think this is an opportunity for me to say here that we are very sorry for the death of Shireen Abu Akleh," Hagari told CNN.
Freedom of the press in Israel
"She was a very established journalist. In Israel, we value our democracy, and in democracy, we see a high value in journalism and a free press. We want journalists to feel safe, especially in wartime, even if they criticize us," he continued.
Last September, the IDF published the full investigation into the incident in Jenin, during which Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh died.
The IDF investigation into the incident
A senior official in the IDF emphasized regarding the investigation that "it is not possible to determine the source of the shooting from which the journalist was hit." He explained: "We conducted additional tests, and expert officers also checked aspects of sound and ballistics."
It emerged from the investigation that the soldiers from the IDF Duvdevan unit entered the Jenin refugee on foot and fire was opened against them and at the army vehicles as they entered.
The investigation also revealed that shots were fired at the fighters for about 75 minutes, from the beginning of the operation to the end.
A senior officer noted that "some of the fire that was fired was accurate, and at the same time charges were also thrown at the soldiers."
The IDF stated that "although the conclusion is not unequivocal, after examining all the circumstances, it appears that there is a higher chance that Abu Akleh was killed by an IDF fighter."