An Al Jazeera journalist, the Palestinian Shireen Abu Akleh, was killed today by Israeli fire during an Army raid in the city of Jenin, north of the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Ministry of Health confirmed today.

The journalist passed away after a bullet hit him in the headwhile another fellow journalist, Ali al-Samudi, was shot in the back and his condition is stable, according to the ministry.

Both journalists wore their vests identified as press and she had been working for Al Jazeera since the beginning of the Second Intifadaconfirmed the medium.

The Israeli Army indicated that during a raid on the Jenin refugee camp, "armed suspects" they opened fire on the security forces and threw explosives, forcing the officers to fire back.

"The Army is investigating what happened. in particular the possibility that a journalist was hit by live fire from a Palestinian"noted on the death of Abu Akleh.

In late April, 18-year-old Palestinian Lufti Labadi was also killed by Israeli fire, four days after being hit by a bullet during another raid in the Jenin area.

Over the past month, Israeli security forces have intensified raids and "counterterrorism operations" throughout the occupied West Bank, and in participating in the Jenin area, in response to the wave of attacks that Israel has suffered, six since the end of March with a balance of 18 dead.

About thirty Palestinians have died During these operations, some of them were unarmed civilians with no links to Palestinian militias, and dozens have been detained.


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