Al-Jazeera journalist killed in Israeli operation in West Bank

Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, one of the most famous of the Arab channel Al-Jazeera, was killed on the morning of Wednesday May 11 by Israeli army fire, according to Palestinian witnesses and officials, while covering clashes in the Jenin area of ​​the occupied West Bank.

Shireen Abu Akleh died in the hospital, where she had been transported, according to the Qatari channel (in English). The Al-Jazeera correspondent was “murdered in cold blood” by the Israeli army, also says the channel for which she worked in a press release, “which is clearly a murder, in violation of international laws and standards”.

Qatar’s Deputy Foreign Minister later said that Shireen Abu Akleh had been killed by Israeli forces in“shot in the face while wearing a ‘press’ jacket and helmet”. “Shireen Abu Akleh was covering their attack in the Jenin refugee camp. This Israeli state terrorism must end”wrote Lolwah Al Khater on Twitter.

According to one of the journalist’s colleagues, videos of the incident show Shireen Abu Akleh being shot in the head. In tears, this Al-Jazeera reporter added that she was a “highly respected journalist”, who works for the chain since the start of the second Palestinian intifada in 2000.

For its part, the Israeli army reacted on Twitter and claimed that its soldiers had responded to massive shots” from dozens of armed Palestinian men. “The IDF is investigating the event and investigating the possibility that journalists were hit by Palestinian gunmen,” says the Israeli army.

Since March 22, Israel has been the target of a series of attacks that have killed at least 18 people. Two of his attacks were perpetrated by Israeli Arabs, and four of them by Palestinians, including three young people from Jenin, where the Israeli army has stepped up operations in recent weeks.

Furthermore, the death of Shireen Abu Akleh comes almost a year to the day after the destruction of the Jalaa tower, where the offices of the Qatari channel Al-Jazeera were located, in the Gaza Strip. An Israeli airstrike had demolished the building in the midst of a war between the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas and the Jewish state.

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