Israeli forces have shot dead an Al Jazeera reporter in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. Shirin Abu Akleh was on duty on Wednesday to report on an Israeli raid on a refugee camp in the city of Jenin.
According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, Israeli forces have one on Wednesday Al Jazeera reporter shot dead in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. She was on duty to cover an Israeli raid on a refugee camp in the city of Jenin. Shirin Abu Akleh died on Wednesday and a second reporter, Ali Samodi, was injured, it said.
According to the ministry and others, Abu Akleh was Al Jazeera journalists hospitalized in critical condition. Although she wore a vest labeled “Press” when she was deployed, she was hit in the head by a bullet.
Abu Akleh was a “very respected journalist” who had been with the Palestinian Intifada since the beginning of 2000 Al Jazeera have worked together. The broadcaster Al Jazeera based in Qatar is now making serious allegations and accusing the Israeli military of murder. In violation of international law, “the Israeli occupying forces murdered our correspondent in Palestine, Shirin Abu Akleh, in cold blood and with live ammunition this morning,” the channel said. Al Jazeera called on the international community to hold the Israeli army accountable.
The Israeli military said the troops fired back after coming under “massive fire” in Jenin. There is a possibility “that the journalists were hit – possibly by shots from Palestinian gunmen,” claims the Israeli army.
The office manager of Al Jazeera in Ramallah, Walid al-Omari said there were no shots fired by Palestinian gunmen and denied the Israeli explanation that the fatal shots came from the Palestinian side.
In response to the assassination of Al Jazeera reporter Osama al-Qawasami, spokesman for the Fatah party in Ramallah, said Israel wanted to send a message to journalists around the world “that the fate of those who report the truth in Palestine is death”.
“Israel occupying forces assassinated our beloved journalist Shirin Abu Akleh this morning while reporting on her brutality in Jenin reported,” wrote Husam Zomlot, the Palestinian ambassador in London.
Israeli occupation forces assassinated our beloved journalist Shireen Abu Akleh while covering their brutality in Jenin this morning. Shireen was the most prominent Palestinian journalist and a close friend. Now we will hear the “concerns” of the UK govt & the international community pic.twitter.com/M6lKTbceHJ
— Husam Zomlot (@hzomlot) May 11, 2022
The offices of Al Jazeera in the Gaza Strip were bombed a year ago during the Gaza War in May 2021. The building housed the offices of Associated Press. Palestinian and international journalists say they are regularly attacked by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem in their journalistic work.
After several attacks in Israel in recent weeks, Israeli security forces have responded with raids and arrests in Palestinian towns and villages. According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, more than 20 Palestinians have been killed since the end of March.
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