Shireen Abu Akleh: who was journalist killed in Israeli raid?

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Veteran journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was killed while reporting from the West Bank city of Jenin

Shireen Abu Akleh was reportedly killed during an Israeli raid while she was working in the city of Jenin.

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Her death was condemned by journalistic organizations around the world.

Here’s everything you need to know about the fate of Shireen Abu Akleh.

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Who was Shireen Abu Akleh?

Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was reportedly shot dead in the West Bank (Image: Getty Images)

Shireen Abu Akleh was a veteran journalist who had worked for the Arabic-language broadcaster Al Jazeera since 1997.

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The 51-year-old, who was both Palestinian and US citizen, was Al Jazeera’s Palestinian reporter.

A respected journalist, she has lived and reported in East Jerusalem, covering events such as the Second Intifada.

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What happened to the Al Jazeera journalist?

Abu Akleh was shot while covering an Israeli raid on the Jenin refugee camp.

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She was hospitalized but died of her injuries in the early hours of May 11.

In video footage, the journalist can be seen in a blue flak jacket, with the word press identifying her as a member of the media.

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The Palestinian Health Ministry said she was hit by gunfire from Israeli forces.

A second journalist, Ali Al-Samud, who worked as a producer on Abu Akleh, was also shot in the back and is currently in hospital in a stable condition.

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Eyewitness and Palestinian journalist Shatha Hanaysha recalled the attack to Al Jazeera, saying: “We were four journalists, we all wore vests, all wore helmets.

“That [Israeli] The occupying army did not stop shooting even after the collapse. Because of the gunshots, I couldn’t even stretch my arm to pull them out.”

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What did Al Jazeera say?

Al Jazeera condemned the attack, the Doha-based Arabic-language broadcaster said in a statement that it blamed Israel.

The channel called on the international community to “condemn and hold accountable the Israeli occupying forces for deliberately attacking and killing our colleague Shireen Abu Akleh.”

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In a statement, Al Jazeera chief executive Giles Trendle said the channel was “shocked and saddened” by the journalist’s death.

He continued, “We have a history around the world, but especially in this region where we have seen tragedy.”

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What did Israel say?

In response to the journalist’s death, Israel said that its forces were attacked during the Jenin operation and that they returned fire.

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Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett suggested: “There is a significant possibility that armed Palestinians, who fired wildly, were the ones who brought about the journalist’s unfortunate death.”

Israel’s foreign ministry said it had proposed a joint pathology investigation with the Palestinian forces.

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The US also issued a statement as Abu Akleh was an American citizen.

Tom Nides, the US Ambassador to Israel, tweeted: “I encourage a thorough investigation into the circumstances of her death and the injury of at least one other journalist in Jenin today.”

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Where is the West Bank?

The West Bank, home to almost three million Palestinians, was conquered by Israel in 1967.

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The region is under Israeli military rule and the Palestinians want it to be part of their future state.

Since then, Israel has built 130 settlements across the region, home to more than 500,000 Israeli settlers.

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