Al-Jazeera journalist Sherine Abu Akle was martyred with a fatal bullet while covering an Israeli military raid in the city of Jenin in the northern occupied West Bank, this morning, Wednesday.
what do you want to watch: Tom Nides, the US ambassador to Israel, confirmed that Shireen Abu Akleh is a Palestinian-American citizen, and called for a “comprehensive investigation into the circumstances of her death”, with Palestinian and Israeli officials giving conflicting accounts of what happened to the veteran reporter.
- The Palestinian Ministry of Health said she was martyred by Israeli fire, and so did Al Jazeera.
- According to Israeli information, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said, “It appears that armed Palestinians – who were shooting indiscriminately at the time – are responsible.”
driving the newsThe Israeli army said that Israeli forces entered Jenin in an operation to arrest Palestinians suspected of planning attacks against Israelis.
- According to the Israeli army, during the incursion, Palestinian militants fired at Israeli forces and used explosive devices.
- Palestinian officials said that Abu Oqla, 51, and Palestinian journalist Ali al-Samudi, who works for the Al-Quds newspaper, were shot by Israeli soldiers.
- Both were wearing flak jackets with the word “press” written on them.
- Bennett said that no Israeli soldiers were injured during the clashes
The Big Picture: Abu Akleh has worked for Al Jazeera Arabic since 1997 covering the West Bank.
- She was a respected journalist and well-known journalist in the Arab world and beyond.
- Al-Jazeera said in a statement that the Israeli army “assassinated Abu Oqla in cold blood,” and called on the international community to condemn her killing and hold Israel accountable.
- “We are committed to taking legal action against those responsible and bringing them to justice,” the agency said.
what are they saying: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas joined Al-Ram Islamic Party, emanating from the Arab-Israeli Muslim Brotherhood, in its condemnation of the murder of Abu Aqla. He said Israel was responsible for “a crime against a Palestinian journalist who was trying to tell the truth.”
- The Ram Party demanded an international investigation into her death, as did Hamas, which described the killing as “another Israeli crime.”
- Hussein Al-Sheikh, Palestinian Minister of Civil Affairs, said: “The truth is killed by the bullets of the occupation.” A sad day in Palestine.
while, Bennett said the Israeli government had invited Palestinian officials to conduct a joint pathological analysis and investigation into Abu Okla’s death, but they have so far rejected this offer.
- “Journalists in conflict zones must be protected and we all have a responsibility to get to the truth,” Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said in a statement that also called for a joint investigation.
- The Israeli army spokesman, Lt. Gen. Ran Kochav, told Army Radio that Palestinian officials had taken Abu Okla’s body and refused to conduct a joint satisfactory investigation into her death.
- Israeli military officials said in a press briefing with journalists earlier that the killing of Abu Akleh was a “very tragic accident” and claimed that she was most likely killed by a “random.” [gun]Palestinian gunmen.
- “We will look into this incident seriously,” an Israeli military official said.
not worth anything News of her death came shortly before a planned press conference for Mansour Abbas, the leader of the “Ra’em” party, who was expected to announce that his party would join the coalition.
- Shortly before the press conference, Abbas announced that it had been cancelled.
Editor’s Note: This article has been updated with new details all the time.