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International: Journalist killed by Israeli forces

3:00pm on 12 May 2022

By Jack Horsnell

An Al Jazeera journalist has been killed by Israeli forces while reporting from the West Bank.  

Shireen Abu Akleh, a television correspondent reporting on the Israel-Palestine conflict, was shot in the head while covering an Israeli raid.

Akleh was rushed to a hospital in the area where she was pronounced dead on arrival.   

She was wearing a vest with a press label on it and was standing with a group of other journalists when Israeli forces opened fire.  

Reporters at the scene say that there were no Palestinian fighters in the region and that they were being targeted.  

A local journalist from the area, Shatha Hanaysha told Al Jazeera, “The [Israeli] occupation army did not stop firing even after she collapsed. I couldn’t even extend my arm to pull her because of the shots being fired. The army was adamant on shooting to kill.”

This recent death comes after other attacks by Israeli forces causing the deaths of journalists; in 2021 the office of the Associated Press and Al Jazeera was bombed during rising tensions at the time. 

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