shock and emotion after the death of the journalist of Al Jazeera

She was a target. For Al Jazeera, the channel for which she worked, there is no doubt: Shireen Abu Akleh was killed “in cold blood” by Israeli forces while covering clashes in the Jenin area of ​​the occupied West Bank.

“In what is clearly a murder, in violation of international laws and norms, the Israeli occupying forces murdered Al Jazeera correspondent in Palestine, Shireen Abu Akleh, in cold blood, the target of live ammunition fired early this morning”says Al Jazeera’s press release.

“Hit by live ammunition while covering raids received in the city of Jenin, she was rushed to hospital in critical condition, according to the Qatari ministry and Al Jazeera reporters”, lit on the site of the TV channel. Shireen Abu Akleh was wearing a press vest when she was killed. She died in hospital, the Qatari ministry said. The circumstances of his death are unclear, “but videos of the incident showed that Abu Akleh was shot in the head”said his Al Jazeera colleague Nida Ibrahim.

[Les forces israéliennes ont abattu la journaliste d’Al Jazeera Shireen Abu Akleh en Cisjordanie occupée]

A version disputed by the Israeli authorities. According to award-winning Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, the journalist was “probably” killed by unchecked Palestinian fire. “Based on the information we have gathered, it seems likely that armed detainees, who opened fire indiscriminately at this time, were responsible for the journalist’s unfortunate death,” Naftali Bennett said in a statement.

Another journalist was injured during these clashes. According to Al Jazeera, it would be Ali Samoudi, who works for the Quds newspaper based in Jerusalem, he would be in stable condition.

At the cost of his life

Born in Jerusalem, Shireen Abu Akleh was 51 years old. After completing her education at the Rosary Sisters School in Jerusalem, she studied architecture at the Technical University of Jordan, then turned to journalism studies at the University of Yarmouk in Irbid. After graduation, she returned to Palestine and worked for websites including Voice of Palestine Radio, Aman Satellite Channel. She joined Al Jazeera in 1997. She lived in East Jerusalem.

“As you can imagine, this is a shock to the journalists who have worked with her.”, Nida Ibrahim said, in tears, from Ramallah, adding that Shireen Abu Akleh was a “highly respected journalist”. She had worked with Al Jazeera since the start of the second Palestinian Intifada in 2000.

She was one of the most famous journalists of the Arab channel. On May 6, she posted this video on her Facebook page, while she was driving on the road to Jenin in torrential rain.

At the end of March, she supported another journalist who had been the target of attacks by expelled settlers, posting a photo of her car, the windshield smashed by stone throwing. “All my solidarity with my friend and colleague Christine Renawi who was attacked yesterday by settlers (…) She told me ‘in a few moments I saw death with my own eyes'”she writes.

One after the attack on Al Jazeera

Contacted by AFP, the Israeli army did not immediately comment on the death of Shireen Abu Akleh, which comes almost one day after the destruction of the Jalaa tower, where the chain’s offices were located. in the Gaza Strip, during an Israeli airstrike in the midst of a war between the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas and the Jewish state. According to Al Jazeera, the army said it was attacked with heavy fire and explosives while operating in Jenin, and retaliated. She added that she “investigating the event”.

Since March 22, Israel has been the target of a series of attacks that have killed at least 18 people. Two of its attacks were perpetrated by dismissed Arabs, and four of them by Palestinians, including three young people from Jenin, where the army has stepped up operations in recent weeks.

Fatah, the party of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, has condemned the murder of Shireen Abu Akleh. According to Fatah spokesman Osama al-Qawasami, “Israel wants to send a message to journalists around the world that the fate of wanting to cover the truth will be shot down and killed.”

“Isolated occupation forces murdered our dear journalist Shireen Abu Akleh while she was covering their brutality in Jenin this morning. Shireen was the most prominent Palestinian journalist and a close friend,” writes Husam Zomlot, the Palestinian ambassador. UK.

A courageous journalist, known for carrying the voice of the victims

“We have a history around the world but especially in this region where we have experienced drama, as a journalist we continue, we will not be silent despite attempts to silence ourselves”Channel manager Giles Trendle posted on Twitter saying he was “shocked and saddened” by the death of Shireen Abu Akleh.

People knew her as a courageous journalist and the voice of victims.
Field report

“Shirin was a fearless journalist and unafraid to expose Israel’s excesses in the West Bank to the world. Even on Wednesday, she was reporting on Israel’s brutal action when she was shot and killed. people knew her as a courageous journalist and the voice of the victims”writes the site

On social networks, many Internet users paid tribute to the journalist whose face they knew well for her numerous field reports on the living conditions of the victims.

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