Israeli raid in West Bank kills an Al-Jazeera journalist
A 51-year-old Al-Jazeera journalist Sherine Abu Akleh was shot and killed while reporting an Israeli operation in the occupied West Bank town of Jenin early Wednesday, said the Palestinian health ministry. The well-known Palestinian journalist for the broadcaster’s Arabic language program was shot and she died shortly after. Even her producer was shot and wounded. Another Palestinian journalist Ali Samoudi, from the Al-Quds daily in Jerusalem, was injured, although his condition is stable. The broadcaster and the reporter who was wounded but survived claimed that Israeli forces are the ones to shoot bullets whereas Israel claimed that they have evidence proving that gunfire was done by Palestinian forces.
Al-Jazeera, the Qatar-based network, stopped its daily broadcasting and announced the death of Sherine Abu Akleh. In a statement that was telecasted on the channel, they revealed, “Condemn and hold the Israeli occupation forces accountable for deliberately targeting and killing our colleague. We pledge to prosecute the perpetrators legally, no matter how hard they try to cover up their crime, and bring them to justice.”
According to the health ministry, Israeli bullets hit the reporters. In video footage from the incident, Abu Akleh can be seen wearing a blue flak jacket with the word “PRESS” clearly inscribed on it. Israeli forces were targeted with heavy gunfire and explosives while operating in Jenin, according to the Israeli military, who retaliated by firing back. “We’re looking into the event and the possibility that Palestinian militants shot the journalists,” the military added.
Following a series of deadly attacks inside Israel, many of which were carried out by Palestinians from Jenin and the surrounding area, Israel has launched virtually daily operations in the occupied West Bank in recent weeks. The West Bank was captured by Israel during the 1967 Middle East conflict, and Palestinians want it to be the heart of their future state.