An Al-Jazeera journalist died Wednesday while covering an Israeli attack in the city of Jenin, in the occupied West Bank. The television network accuses the occupying forces of “premeditated murder” and calls for international intervention.
Shireen Abu Akleh, a well-known Palestinian reporter for the Arab channel of Al-Jazeera, was shot in the head during an Israeli attack, the Palestinian Health Ministry said. Al-Jazeera producer Ali al-Samudi and another reporter from the Jerusalem-based Al-Quds newspaper were also injured, with the former being “shot in the back during coverage and is now receiving treatment”. The second is stable. All were identified as journalists, wearing bulletproof vests with the word “Press” written on them.
Al-Jazeera, an international network based in Doha, Qatar, accused Israel of having killed the journalist “in cold blood”, in what it considered “a tragic premeditated murder that violates international laws and norms”. “We condemn this atrocious crime”, for which “we hold the Israeli Government and the occupation forces responsible”, accused the news chain, calling on the international community to “condemn and hold the Israeli occupation forces responsible for deliberately attacking and killing their colleague” .
For its part, the Israeli army claimed to have fought back an intense attack during operations in Jenin. He explained that he was “investigating the case and analyzing the possibility that the journalists were hit by Palestinian snipers”.
Over the past month, Israeli security forces have intensified attacks and “counter-terrorist operations” in the West Bank, particularly in the Jenin area, in response to a wave of attacks in Israel since late March, in which 18 people have died.