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Al-Jazeera journalist shot dead

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Tragic news from the Palestinian territories. Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, one of the best known of the pan-Arab television channel Al-Jazeera, was shot dead on Wednesday morning May 11 while covering armed clashes in Jenin, in the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health and the Al-Jazeera channel immediately announced the death of this journalist in this stronghold of the Palestinian armed factions. An AFP photographer on the spot reported the Israeli army shooting and saw the body of the reporter who was wearing a bulletproof vest.

American-Palestinian and in her fifties, Shireen Abu Akleh had worked at The Voice of Palestine, Radio Monte-Carlo, before joining the Al-Jazeera channel, where she became known throughout the Middle East for her reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Another journalist was injured during these clashes, said hospital sources and an AFP photographer on the spot.

Terrorist background

In a statement, Al-Jazeera claimed that Shireen Abu Akleh was killed “cold-blooded by Israeli forces​, adding that the reporter was wearing a jacket that identified her as a reporter. “Al-Jazeera condemns this heinous crime, which aims to prevent the media from doing their job”indicates the Qatari channel, calling on the international community to “hold the Israeli occupying forces responsible for intentionally targeting and killing Shireen”.

Qatari authorities say Al-Jazeera journalist was killed after being shot ” in the face “ while she was wearing a vest ” hurry “. Without specifying where the shot came from.

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For its part, the Israeli army said in a statement that it had carried out operations in the Palestinian camp of Jenin and other areas of the West Bank in the past few hours, in order to “to apprehend persons suspected of terrorism”. 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. In the aftermath of these terrorist attacks, thirty Palestinians were killed in incidents with the Israeli army. In this context, clashes between Israeli police and Palestinians left nearly 300 injured on the esplanade of the Mosques, located in the Palestinian part of Jerusalem, occupied since 1967 by Israel.

One year after Gaza

During these counterterrorism activities in the Palestinian camp of Jenin, dozens of Palestinian gunmen opened fire and threw explosive objects at the Israeli forces, threatening their lives. The soldiers responded. People have been affected”the Israeli army said. “The army is investigating these events and is considering the possibility that the journalists were hit by Palestinian gunmen,” added the statement. Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett later added: “According to the information we have gathered, it seems likely that armed Palestinians, who opened fire indiscriminately at this time, were responsible for the unfortunate death of the journalist. »

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A year after the last war in Gaza, tension remains between the Jewish state and Hamas, which “welcomed” the recent attacks in Israel. The death of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh comes nearly a year after the destruction of the Jalaa tower, where the offices of the Qatari channel were located in the Gaza Strip, during an Israeli airstrike in the midst of the war between the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas and the Jewish state. This 11-day war left 260 dead on the Palestinian side, including many combatants and children, and 14 deaths in Israel, including a soldier and two minors.

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