Shireen Abu Akleh

A journalist from the Al-Jazeera television network died this Wednesday while covering an Israeli attack in the city of Jenin, in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Health Ministry announced.

Shireen Abu Akleh, a well-known Palestinian reporter for the Arab channel of Al-Jazeera, was shot in the head and died shortly afterwards, the ministry said.

Another reporter, from the Jerusalem daily Al-Quds, was also injured but is stable, he added.

The Ministry said that journalists were hit during an Israeli attack, with video footage showing that Abu Akleh was wearing a blue bullet-proof vest with the word “Press” written on it.

The Israeli army claimed to have fought back an intense attack during operations in Jenin. In addition, he explained that he was “investigating the event and analyzing the possibility that journalists were hit by Palestinian snipers”.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said: “Based on the information we have gathered, it seems likely that armed Palestinians, who opened fire indiscriminately, were responsible for the unfortunate death of the journalist,” Bennett said in a statement.

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