What we know about the killing of an Al-Jazeera journalist during an Israeli army operation

Al Jazeera has lost a symbolic figure. Journalist Sherine Abu Akleh, 51, was martyred this morning, Wednesday While covering an Israeli military operation in Jenin in the occupied West Bank. According to a number of testimonies, the journalist was hit by a sniper’s bullet in the head, which led to her death in the hospital where she was taken. The Israeli army, accused by several sides, claims that it opened an investigation after these clashes, which it described as “particle”.

while France “required” just one carry out investigationFranceinfo returns to the circumstances of the death of this veteran reporter.

The reporter was covering a particularly sensitive operation

Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh reported since the beginning of the twenty-first century about an Israeli army operation in the Jenin area, The stronghold of Palestinian armed factions in the northern occupied West Bank. The Israeli army frequently raids the Jenin refugee camp, whose residents are suspected of harboring fighters and hiding weapons.

On Wednesday morning, an operation of this kind was scheduled to be covered, in which Shireen Abu Aqleh first went to the Al-Jabriyat sub-district, west of Jenin. “The occupation stormed Jenin and besieged a house… The journalist wrote at 6:14 am (local time) in her last email, reported by Al Jazeera*. I’m on my way, I’ll send you the information once it becomes clearer.” On Twitter, IDF announce That the operation in question was aimed at “They arrested suspected terrorists in Jenin refugee camp”Adding that his soldiers were subjected to “huge shots” and planes “Exploding”.

She was wearing a compression jacket and helmet

Several videos and photos circulated on social media, which franceinfo was able to verify, show that Sherine Abu Akleh was wearing a protective vest and helmet when she was shot. According to the reporter’s colleagues present at the time of the events, Sherine Abu Aqleh was hit by a single bullet that hit her at the temple level, “Just above the ear”, Reported the journalist Mujahid Al Saadi. In one of the videos filmed by witnesses, we can see the journalist, unconscious and with a head injury, hastily installed in a car. his death He was found upon arrival at Ibn Sina Hospital in Jenin.

The killing of Shireen Abu Aqleh while doing her job as a journalist angered many organizations and political figures. “I strongly condemn the killing of the Al-Jazeera correspondent… who was wounded by live bullets while covering an operation carried out by the Israeli security forces…”And wrote on twitter* The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wencesland. Secretary General of Reporters Without Borders, Meanwhile, Christophe Deloire described the killing of a Palestinian journalist “A grave violation of the Geneva Conventions requiring the protection of civilians, and of Security Council Resolution 2222 on the protection of journalists”.

The Israeli army denies responsibility for the shooting

The exact circumstances of the death of the Al-Jazeera journalist are the subject of intense debate between the Israeli authorities and eyewitnesses on the scene. On the one hand, the country’s Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, said, He said on Twitter (Hebrew link) as it seemed to him It is possible that Palestinian militants, who fired indiscriminately at this time, are responsible for the unfortunate killing of the journalist.”. We also find a hypothesis on the side of The Israeli army that He said to study The possibility of journalists being beaten by Palestinian gunmen.

But the witnesses officially rejected the hypothesis of a stray bullet during the clashes between Palestinians and Israelis. “We were four journalists in an open area, and there was no confrontation or shooting by Palestinian fighters.”, in an interview with Al-Jazeera, the Palestinian journalist Shatha Hunaisheh, who calls sniper fire in the direction of the group. Several witnesses also insisted that Shireen Abu Okla was standing in front of a wall, and no one behind her, when she was shot. A description that appears to match videos taken just after the fatal shooting.

Hours after the death of Shirin Abu Akle, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said that Israel offered the Palestinians “Joint Pathological Investigation” on me ‘The sad death of a journalist’. before adding, on Twitter* That the Israeli security forces “We will continue to intervene when necessary to prevent terrorism and the killing of Israelis.”.

* The links followed by an asterisk are written in English.

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