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Al-Jazeera correspondent Shireen Abu Akleh killed in Jenin, West Bank

Shireen Abu Akleh was fatally shot in the head on May 11, 2022 whilst on assignment in the West Bank town of Jenin.

Abu Akleh was a Palestinian-American citizen, and long-time TV correspondent for Al Jazeera Arabic.

Al Jazeera have stated that Abu Akleh was covering Israeli army raids in Jenin on May 11 when Israeli forces shot and killed her. She was wearing a vest marked 'press' and standing with other journalists.

She was taken to hospital and pronounced dead soon afterwards.

Shatha Hanaysha, a local journalist who was standing next to Abu Akleh when she was shot, told Al Jazeera that there had been no confrontations between Palestinian fighters and the Israeli army. She stated the group of journalists had been directly targeted.

“We were four journalists, we were all wearing vests, all wearing helmets,” Hanaysha said. “The [Israeli] occupation army did not stop firing even after she collapsed. I couldn’t even extend my arm to pull her because of the shots being fired. The army was adamant on shooting to kill.”

The details of Abu Akleh’s killing are still emerging, but videos of the incident show that she was shot in the head, said Al Jazeera’s Nida Ibrahim.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett disputed that Israeli forces were behind the killing in a statement on Twitter. Yair Lapid, the Israeli foreign minister, said they are offering a “joint pathological investigation” into Abu Akleh’s “sad death”. He added that “journalists must be protected in conflict zones”.

Abu Akleh previously worked with UNRWA, Voice of Palestine Radio, Amman Satellite Channel, the Miftah Foundation, and Monte Carlo Radio before joining Al Jazeera in 1997, according to CNN.

Al-Jazeera producer Ali al-Samoudi was also shot and injured while working in the same area. He is said to be in stable condition.

Sources: https://cpj.org/data/people/shireen-abu-akleh/

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/5/11/shireen-abu-akleh-israeli-forces-kill-al-jazeera-journalist