According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, Israeli troops killed Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in the occupied West Bank.

Abu Akleh, a veteran Al Jazeera Arabic TV reporter and a dual Palestinian-American citizen, was killed on Wednesday, 11th May, while documenting Israeli army incursions in Jenin, in the northern occupied West Bank.

She was transported to a hospital in Jenin in severe condition and later confirmed dead.

When Abu Akleh was shot, she was in a press vest and was standing with other journalists.

Abu Akleh was shot in the head, according to the head of the medicine division at al-Najah University in Nablus. He stated that her body was taken for a postmortem autopsy due to a public prosecution order.

Ali al-Samoudi, another Al Jazeera correspondent, was also shot in the back at the site. His condition has now improved.

“We were going to film the Israeli army operation and suddenly they shot us without asking us to leave or stop filming,” stated al-Samoudi.

“There was no Palestinian military resistance at all at the scene,” he added.

Many world leaders and prominent figures have reacted to and condemned the death of Shireen.

US State Department spokesperson Ned Price condemned Abu Akleh’s death “an affront to media freedom everywhere.”

Pakistan Prime Minister also tweeted that he“strongly condemn[s] the assassination of respected Al-Jazeera journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh, at the hands of Israeli forces. Silencing voices of those who tell stories of oppressed people is part of a deliberate strategy”.

While expressing her condolences, Canada’s Foreign Minister, Melanie Joly, said, “Journalists must be safe to do their work— a right protected under international law.”

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  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).