An Al Jazeera reporter was killed by Israeli military gunfire within the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, the Qatar-based information channel stated.
According to Al Jazeera, Shireen Abu Aqleh was hit by a reside bullet, whereas movies of the incident confirmed that Abu Aqleh was shot within the head.
One Palestinian official stated she had been “assassinated” by Israeli forces whereas reporting on a raid within the metropolis of Jenin, which has seen intensified military raids in latest weeks as violence has surged.
The Palestinian well being ministry has confirmed Abu Aqleh’s demise and stated a second reporter, Ali Samodi, who works for the Jerusalem-based Quds newspaper, had been wounded.
However, in a press release, the Israeli navy claimed its troops had shot again after coming underneath “massive fire” in Jenin and that “there is a possibility, now being looked into, that reporters were hit — possibly by shots fired by Palestinian gunmen”.
Meanwhile, a journalist working with Aqleh, Nida Ibrahim, stated Aqleh was a “very well respected journalist” who had been working with Al Jazeera because the starting of the second Palestinian Intifada in 2000. “As you can imagine, this is a shock to the journalists who have been working with her.”
Immediately after the information was reported, human rights activists, fellow journalists and politicians took to Twitter to precise their condolences.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif condemned the “assassination” of the journalist on the “hands of Israeli forces”.
“Silencing voices of those who tell stories of oppressed people is part of a deliberate strategy employed by Israel and India in Palestine and Occupied Kashmir,” he stated.
The Foreign Office (FO) additionally “strongly condemned” the killing and prolonged the “deepest condolences” to Aqleh’s household.
It stated Israel’s makes an attempt to silence those that continued to reveal its violation wouldn’t succeed and as an alternative, revealed the “continued brutality of occupation forces.
“Pakistan calls upon the international community to take urgent action to put an end to the Israeli occupation, which continues to fuel conflict, tension and instability in the region, and remains a matter of grave concern for the entire Muslim world. The Government of Pakistan stands in solidarity with the people and Government of the State of Palestine in their just demand for basic rights and dignity,” the FO assertion stated.
Meanwhile, Palestinian ambassador to the United Kingdom Husam Zomlot stated Aqleh was the “most prominent Palestinian journalist and a close friend”.
Palestinian American activist Huwaida Arraf demanded the Israel needs to be held accountable.
TV anchor Hamid Mir additionally demanded justice for the slain journalist.
AJ+ journalist Sana Saeed wrote Israel “had long targeted press and not been held accountable”.
Meanwhile, documentary filmmaker Sakir Khader claimed Aqleh was “murdered in cold blood by an Israeli soldier”.
Senior producer at AJ+ Dena Takruri, stated that the eyewitness who was standing proper by the Al Jazeera journalist described that an Israeli sniper straight focused her. “This was a shot of extreme precision.”
Condemning the incident, Vice News’ Hind Hassan emphasised that journalism was not against the law.
US and EU urge clear and unbiased probe
The US envoy to the UN stated the killing of Abu Aqleh have to be “investigated transparently”.
“We’re encouraging both sides to participate in that investigation so that we can get down to why this happened,” US ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield stated.
Washington’s “highest priority is protection of American citizens and the protection of journalists”, she added.
Thomas-Greenfield stated she had been interviewed by Abu Aqleh throughout a go to to the area final 12 months and had “extraordinary respect for her”.
State Department spokesman Ned Price added on Twitter, “we are heartbroken” by Abu Aqleh’s demise.
“Those responsible must be held accountable. Her death is an affront to media freedom everywhere,” he stated.
The European Union additionally condemned the killing and demanded an unbiased investigation into the circumstances of her demise.
“The European Union strongly condemns the killing of Palestinian-American journalist of Al Jazeera, Shireen Abu Aqleh, in the occupied West Bank,” stated the assertion issued by the EU’s External Action Service.
“It is essential that a thorough, independent investigation clarifies all the circumstances of these incidents as soon as possible and that those responsible are brought to justice,” it continued.
“It is unacceptable to target journalists while they perform their job. Journalists covering conflict situations must be ensured safety and protection at all times.”
The European Union assertion didn’t attribute blame for the taking pictures.
Additional reporting by Naveed Siddiqui.