The bullet that killed Al Jazeera television correspondent Shireen Abu Akleh two weeks ago was fired by an Israeli sniper who knew he was shooting at reporters, the Palestinian National Authority's attorney general said Thursday.

"The only shooting was by the occupation forces, with the aim of killing," Akram Al Khatib said in Ramallah, dismissing Israel's claim that Palestinian gunmen were also discharging weapons at the time of the journalist's death.

The 51-year-old veteran newswoman was killed May 11 while covering an Israel army raid in the West Bank city of Jenin.

Israel's defense minister, Benny Gantz, rejected the findings of the Palestinians as a "crude and blatant lie."