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Al Jazeera journalist killed during Israeli raid in West Bank

Al Jazeera journalist killed during Israeli raid in West Bank

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A outstanding Palestinian-American Al Jazeera reporter was shot useless during an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, with Palestinians and the information channel accusing Israel of killing her and Israel’s chief saying she was seemingly hit by Palestinian fire.

Veteran journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, 51, was sporting a press vest that clearly marked her as “Press” whereas reporting in the town of Jenin, the Qatar-based outlet stated. She was overlaying the newest arrest operation launched by the Israeli army amid lethal Arab assaults in Israel.

The dying of a distinguished reporter who has been overlaying Palestinian affairs and the Middle East for over 20 years on the common information channel watched by hundreds of thousands in the Arab world appeared seemingly so as to add extra gasoline to a surging battle.

In an Al Jazeera video captured in the moments round Abu Akleh’s killing, gunfire will be heard in the primary few seconds earlier than a person yells “Shireen! Shireen! Ambulance!”

The digicam then strikes across the nook to point out Abu Akleh slumped face-forward on the bottom. Other journalists are seen dashing to take cowl.

Another Palestinian journalist on the scene, Ali Samoodi, was additionally wounded. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Al Jazeera described Abu Akleh’s dying as blatant, cold-blooded homicide by the Israeli army, which stated dozens of Palestinian gunmen had confronted troops who arrested a Hamas militant in Jenin.

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Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett stated Abbas was making unfounded allegations, earlier than Israel carried out a “thorough investigation” of the occasions.

“It appears likely that armed Palestinians – who were firing indiscriminately at the time – were responsible for the unfortunate death of the journalist,” Bennett stated in a press release.

The White House strongly condemned the killing and known as for an investigation into her dying. On Twitter, U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price stated her dying was an affront to media freedom in every single place.

Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz stated “our findings will be relayed, with transparency … to our American friends and also to the Palestinian Authority and others in the world with whom we are in contact”.

Samoodi stated Israeli forces “suddenly opened fire” at them during the Jenin operation. He disputed an Israeli army account that gunmen had been close by when the 2 journalists had been shot.

Since March, Palestinians and members of Israel’s Arab minority have killed 18 individuals, together with three cops and a safety guard, in assaults in Israel and the West Bank which have largely focused civilians.

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Some of the assailants have come from Jenin. The metropolis has been a principal goal of Israeli arrest raids in the West Bank which have typically sparked clashes and introduced the variety of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces or armed civilians because the starting of the 12 months to at the least 42.

The casualties embody armed members of militant teams, lone assailants and bystanders. Visits by Jewish pilgrims over the previous weeks to Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem, Islam’s third holiest website and essentially the most sacred place in Judaism, have stoked Palestinian anger.

Preliminary outcomes of an post-mortem ordered by the Palestinian Authority confirmed that Abu Akleh died of a bullet wound to the top, the director of the Palestinian Forensic Medicine Institute stated in the West Bank metropolis of Nablus.

He declined to provide additional info when requested whether or not the findings confirmed that Abu Akleh had been hit by an Israeli spherical.

Treated for his wounds in a hospital in Jenin, Samoodi informed reporters: “They (Israeli soldiers) didn’t ask us to leave and they didn’t ask us to stop (filming). They fired at us. One bullet hit me and another hit Shireen. They killed her in cold blood.”

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An Israeli army spokesman, briefing international journalists and describing Abu Akleh’s dying as tragic, stated Israeli troops would by no means intentionally goal a non-combatant. He stated there had been three direct exchanges of fireside with Palestinian gunmen during the raid.

World leaders, human rights defenders and press freedom teams condemned the killing and known as for an investigation.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, recalled being interviewed by the “well respected” Abu Akleh late final 12 months and described her dying as “really horrifying.”

In a Reuters video, Abu Akleh’s colleagues had been seen standing round her physique, which was wrapped in the Palestinian flag with a press jacket on prime, as a priest stated a prayer.

Source: SABC

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