Veteran journalist killed in West Bank – RT World News

An Al Jazeera journalist was shot dead while covering an Israeli operation in a Palestinian city.

Shirin Abu Akleh, a Palestinian journalist who has worked with Al Jazeera for more than two decades, was killed on Wednesday while covering an Israeli military operation in the northern West Bank city of Jenin. The Palestinian Authority claims that Israeli soldiers shot him in the head.

The 51-year-old was taken to hospital with serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, with the Palestinian Ministry of Health blaming Israeli forces for his death.

Al Jazeera reported the incident “Heinous crime” And claimed that the Israelis had deliberately targeted Abu Akleh to intimidate the media. Witnesses said he was shot in the ear by bypassing the helmet he was wearing for safety, the outlet said.

“We call on the international community to condemn and hold the Israeli occupation forces accountable for the deliberate killing of our colleague.” The statement said.

Another Palestinian journalist, Ali Samudi, was hit in the back by Jenin on Wednesday and is in stable condition, according to Palestinian authorities.

The Israeli side has not claimed responsibility for Abu Akleh’s death. Foreign Minister Yar Lapid has announced his death “Sorry,” And reached out to Palestinian officials to take part in the autopsy “Get to the truth.”

Abu Akleh, a well-known and respected figure in the Arab world, worked for several news organizations before joining Al Jazeera in 1997.

Israeli forces, including the IDF, Border Patrol and the Shin Bet security agency, have been conducting operations in the West Bank almost daily, with one deadly attack after another by Palestinian militants in Israel. The city of Jenin and its refugee camps are among the primary targets. On several occasions, the operations have resulted in deadly clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian fighters.

Some civilians were caught in the crossfire, including a teenage girl who was killed while returning home from studying in Bethlehem in April. The IDF confirmed that they had been wounded by gunfire from their troops, but said that the troops were firing on Palestinians who were throwing firebombs at them and that they had the right to use lethal force in response.

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