Al Jazeera reporter killed in West Bank shooting | International


Palestinian doctors treat an injured Palestinian journalist at Jenin hospital on Wednesday.JAAFAR ASHTIYEH (AFP)

An Al Jazeera reporter, Shireen Abu Akleh, was shot dead by the Israeli army in the West Bank this morning, the Qatari news network reported. The Israeli army attributes the death to shots fired by Palestinians in a clash with Israeli soldiers, while Palestinian sources blame the soldiers.

A Palestinian spokesman has declared that Abu Akleh has been “killed” by Israeli forces while reporting on a military operation in the West Bank city of Jenin, where clashes between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers have intensified in recent weeks. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has directly accused Israeli troops of the journalist’s death, while the Palestinian Ministry of Health, the first to confirm the death, has reported that a second journalist, Ali Samodi, has been injured. .

Shireen Abu Akleh's body in hospital on Wednesday.
Shireen Abu Akleh’s body in hospital on Wednesday. MOHAMAD TOROKMAN (REUTERS)

In a statement, the Israeli army said that its soldiers had fired in response to “mass fire” in Jenin and that “there is a possibility, which is being investigated, that the reporters may have been hit, possibly by Palestinian gunmen.”

For its part, the Qatari news network has stated that its reporter has been murdered “in cold blood” by Israeli soldiers in what it describes as “a horrible crime that breaks international standards.”

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