Al Jazeera journalist killed in Israeli attack on West Bank

An Al-Jazeera reporter was shot dead Wednesday as he covered Israeli attacks in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin. reports the media.

The daily quotes the Palestinian Ministry of Health as saying that Shirin Abu Akleh was shot dead by Israeli security forces.

The Israeli Defense Forces said on Twitter that Israeli security forces had “carried out counter-terrorism operations to arrest Jenny’s terrorist suspects” and came under fire.

The Israeli Defense Forces said Palestinian militants opened fire and Israeli troops returned fire. It says it is investigating “the possibility of Palestinian militants hitting journalists.”

In recent weeks, Israel has carried out almost daily raids on the occupied West Bank amid a series of deadly attacks inside Israel, many of which have been carried out by Palestinians in and around Jenin.

Al-Jazeera Ramallah bureau chief Walid al-Omari said there had been no shots fired by Palestinian militants, Al-Jazeera reported.

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid. in tweets that Israel has offered the Palestinians a joint pathological investigation into the killing.

“Journalists must be protected in conflict zones. We all have a responsibility to reach the truth,” Lapid wrote.

He wrote: “Israeli security forces will continue to operate where terrorism is needed to prevent the killing of Israelis.”

Abu Akleh is a well-known Palestinian correspondent for the broadcaster’s Arabic channel.

At the time of his murder, he was wearing a vest that showed he was a member of the press, Al-Jazeera reported.


Associated Press: contributed.



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