Who Was Shireen Abu Akleh? A Journalist Killed By Israeli forces

Who Was Shireen Abu Akleh: In the occupied West Bank, two journalists came under fire on Wednesday on the outskirts of Jenin. Shireen Abu Akleh, a journalist with Al Jazeera, fell to the ground just inches away from Shatha Hanaysha after being shot. 

“I just wanted to get to Shireen, to shake her, to find out if she was alive, but there was shooting all around me,” she told i. “This is the first time I saw someone killed near me. It was hard for me, really.”

Who Was Shireen Abu Akleh?

Palestinian journalist Shatha Hanaysha watched in horror as shots were fired in the direction of Abu Akleh, her idol, and colleague. The Palestinian health ministry said that Ms. Abu Akleh, a highly respected journalist in Palestine who gained millions of fans from across the Middle East with her unflinching reporting, died after being shot in the head, sparking global condemnation and outpourings of grief. During her two decades of reporting in the Palestinian territories, the 51-year-old became synonymous with Al Jazeera’s coverage of life under occupation.

Shireen Abu Akleh Death

Shireen Abu Akleh – A Journalist Killed By Israeli forces

As of this week, the Israeli military says it was unable to determine if a Palestinian or Israeli gunshot killed an Al Jazeera journalist. The military said it had been unable to identify who fired the fatal shot during a military raid two days earlier on Jenin, an occupied West Bank town. The statement was issued on May 13 as Shireen Abu Akleh was to be laid to rest in Jerusalem. According to the report, Palestinian gunmen were active in the area and fired repeatedly and recklessly at an Israeli military vehicle about 200 meters (yards) from the spot where she was hit.

Israeli soldiers returned fire in response to the Palestinian gunmen. It is impossible to determine who fired the bullet that killed her without conducting a ballistic analysis of it.

More About Shireen Abu Akleh

The veteran reporter was well respected in the local press corps for his coverage of the Palestinian uprising against Israeli rule during the second Palestinian intifada, or uprising against Israeli rule, in the early 2000s. In Jenin, a West Bank town, she was covering an Israeli arrest raid when she was shot in the head early Wednesday morning. In recent weeks, Palestinians from Jenin and surrounding areas have carried out a number of deadly attacks inside Israel. Israeli troops have launched near-daily raids in the area, often resulting in gunfights with militants.

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