Family seek justice for slain Al Jazeera reporter

STORY: A year after Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was shot dead while covering an Israeli army raid, family and friends say her killers are yet to be held responsible.

Abu Akleh was one of the most recognizable journalists covering Israeli-occupied territories.

She was wearing a protective vest marked "press" and a helmet when killed in the West Bank city of Jenin last May.

After changing its version of events several times, Israel's military said one of its soldiers probably shot Abu Akleh unintentionally, but also that she could have been hit by Palestinian fire.

Her family and Palestinian officials believe Israeli forces killed her deliberately.

Witnesses have said there were no Palestinian fighters firing where she was standing.

A report by the Committee to Protect Journalists found that no one has been charged or held accountable for the death of at least 20 journalists killed by Israeli gunfire over the past two decades.

Al Jazeera Journalist Najwan Simri was a close friend of Abu Akleh's.

"Shireen's killers are still free and they did not hold them accountable. They have no deterrent not to target journalists and kill them in the same way."

Abu Akleh's death stirred international outrage, especially after Israeli police beat mourners at her funeral in Jerusalem.

Israel insists that its soldiers don't deliberately target journalists and has refused to identify the soldier who probably shot Abu Akleh.

Naftali Bennett, who was Israel's prime minister when she was killed, said last week soldiers shouldn't be prosecuted if civilians aren't killed deliberately.

Al Jazeera's bureau chief in Jerusalem Walid Omary said the network submitted a formal request to the International Criminal Court to investigate the shooting.