Veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was shot dead this Wednesday while covering an Israeli army incursion into the Palestinian refugee camp in Jeninin the West Bank.

The Qatari government claimed that the 51-year-old reporter was “deliberately killed” and “in cold blood” by Israeli forces, but the country’s prime minister, Naftali Bennett, said that she was “probably” killed by Palestinian gunfire and proposes a joint investigation. Journalists who were with Abu Akleh denounce that there were no armed Palestinians in the place.

Abu Akleh, a Christian Palestinian who was also a US citizen, was a leading figure in the Arab network service, where she had worked since the Second Intifada in September 2000.

The testimonies of journalists on the spot

Another Al Jazeera journalist, Ali Al Samudi, was injured in the same incident.. The producer said there were no armed Palestinians in the area when his partner was killed.

An AFP photographer at the scene confirmed that Abu Akleh and his partner they wore press vests when the shooting started.

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), reported Al Jazeera, assured that it will present the case of Abu Akleh before the International Criminal Court. “Once again journalists, wearing clearly identified press vests, were attacked by Israeli gunmen,” the Federation said in a statement.

News in development.


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