Al Jazeera reporter shot, killed by Israeli forces in West Bank city of Jenin

Israeli occupation forces shot dead Al Jazeera Arabic correspondent, Shereen Abu Aqleh, during a military raid in Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank on May 11, 2022

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Israeli forces shot and killed a veteran Al Jazeera Arabic correspondent during a military raid on Wednesday in Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank.

According to the Qatar-based news channel and the Palestinian Health Ministry, Shereen Abu Aqleh was shot in the head while she was covering an Israeli military raid into the Jenin refugee camp despite wearing a press vest.

She was rushed to Ibn Sina hospital in critical condition and was announced dead soon afterwards.

Another journalist identified as Ali Asmoadi who works for the Jerusalem-based Al-Quds newspaper was also shot in the back by Israeli live bullet during the same raid and he is in a stable condition.

Middle East Eye reporter Shatha Hanaysha said she and a group of six journalists, including Abu Akleh, were together when they came under fire by Israeli occupation snipers and that there was no fighting in the area.

The [Israeli] gunfire didn’t stop. Although Shereen was lying on the ground, the gunfire didn’t even stop. People also couldn’t reach her from the other side,” Hanaysha said.

“People were trying to reach her, even the private vehicle that took her to the hospital was hardly able to reach her [due to the continuing Israeli gunfire]”

“One young man jumped off a wall and pulled me out. He then pulled Shereen out. This proved to me that we, journalists, were deliberately targeted,” Hanaysha confirmed.

“We were a group of journalists. We were wearing a press vest. Until this moment, I’m still in my press vest. Shereen was even wearing a press-marked helmet. She was wearing a helmet.”

“This means he who fired at her was intending to shoot her in an area of her body that’s uncovered. I consider what happened an assassination of all of us, journalists.”

“If my colleague Mujahed and I had tried to reach her, we would’ve been directly targeted by gunfire. People were warning us that the [Israeli] snipers were not far away from us. We were opposite to the building where the Israeli snipers were positioned. This man was present there and he told us that the snipers were there. He was seeing them. The Israeli soldiers were opposite to us and were seeing us.”

“We were standing in an area where the soldiers could identify us as journalists. I told one of my colleagues: “let’s go out of this area.””

“But he insisted that we remained in the same area so that the soldiers could identify us as journalists.”

“And then we would advance. We stood in an area opposite to the Israeli soldiers. We stood as a group and then we advanced. The gunfire started after we reached an area where we could not pull back.”

“This means that if the gunfire was not aimed at our killing, then the snipers would’ve started the gunfire before we reached that area,” Hanaysha said.

“What we know for now is that the Palestinian Health Ministry has announced her death. Shereen Abu Akleh, was covering the events unfolding in Jenin, specifically an Israeli raid the city, which is north of the occupied West Bank, when she was hit by a bullet to the head,” Al Jazeera’s Nida Ibrahim said, speaking from the Palestinian city of Ramallah.

“As you can imagine, this is a shock to the journalists who have been working with her.”

Speaking through tears, Ibrahim said Abu Akleh was a “very well respected journalist” who has been working with Al Jazeera since the beginning of the second Palestinian Intifada in 2000.

Al Jazeera’s bureau chief in Ramallah, Walid al-Omary, said that there had been no shooting carried out by Palestinians, disputing an Israeli statement that claimed the possibility.

(Source / 11.05.2022)

Updated: Soldiers Abduct Nine Palestinians In West Bank

On Wednesday, Israeli soldiers abducted nine Palestinians in several parts of the occupied West Bank. Israeli colonizers also attacked Palestinians near Hebron.

Several army jeeps invaded Silwad town, east of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, searched homes, and abducted Abdul-Qader Hammad, Mohammad Qaher Hammad, and former political prisoner Tareq Ziad Hamed.

In Tulkarem, in the northern West Bank, the soldiers invaded Nur Shams refugee camp, searched homes, and abducted Eyad Mo’in.

The soldiers also abducted Badea’ Nasser from his home in Beita town, south of Nablus, in the northern part of the West Bank.

In Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted a young man, Hussein Abu Srour, from his home.

In Hebron, in the southern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Jawad Thabet Abu Aisha, 45, from his home, in addition to Mazen Omran Wazwaz and Mahmoud Dweik after stopping him in the as-Saheb junction, south of Hebron.

In related news, illegal Israeli colonizers of the Ramat Yishai outpost attacked many Palestinians in the center of Hebron city for the second day.

The colonizers also cut barb wires around a defunct iron and copper factory that was closed by the army twenty-two years earlier when the army surrounded the area and installed fences and gates that remained in place, forcing the Palestinians to walk and pass through the security gates to reach their homes and lands, or when they leave them.

(Source / 11.05.2022)

Army Shoots A Palestinian Worker, Abducts Him Along With Forty Others

On Wednesday, Israeli soldiers shot a Palestinian worker before abducting him and forty others in Faqqu’a village, east of Jenin, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers chased dozens of workers near the illegal annexation wall and opened fire at them, wounding one before abducting him.

They added that the soldiers also abducted forty other Palestinian workers for “trying to enter Israel without permits.”

The army repeatedly attacks, shoots, and abducts Palestinian workers near various gates of the illegal Annexation Wall and through breaches in the Wall in some areas; however, the attacks also include opening fire or abducting workers who carry entry permits.

(Source / 11.05.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Injure A Palestinian Near Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers shot, Wednesday evening, a young Palestinian man in Biddu town, northwest of occupied Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

Several army jeeps invaded the town, leading to protests before the soldiers fired rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades.

Medical sources said the soldiers shot a young man with a rubber-coated steel bullet before Palestinian medics rushed him to a hospital.

Several Palestinians suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation and received the needed treatment.

(Source / 11.05.2022)

PCHR: “IOF Continue to Kill Journalists in Cold Blood: Journalist Shireen Abu ‘Akleh Killed and Another Journalist Wounded by IOF’s Fire in Jenin Refugee Camp”

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns in the strongest terms the murder of journalist Shireen Abu ‘Akleh, Al-Jazeera Channel’s reporter, and injury of her colleague by the Israeli occupation forces’ (IOF) fire this morning during their coverage of IOF’s incursion into Jenin refugee camp.

PCHR emphasizes that targeting journalists constitutes a crime under international human rights law and international humanitarian law. PCHR believes what happened reflects a policy to silence the press practiced by the Israeli occupation, as PCHR has documented for decades, aiming to hide the truth and stifle a counter-narrative that exposes the Israeli occupation’s crimes against the Palestinian people.

 According to PCHR’s investigations, at around 06:30 on Wednesday, 11 May 2022, IOF moved into Jenin and surrounded a house belonging to ‘Abdullah al-Hosary, who was killed earlier in the camp. At the time, an exchange of fire occurred between Palestinian armed groups and Israeli soldiers who were surrounding the house.

The exchange of fire stopped and at around 06:45, IOF directly targeted the journalists who were covering the events in the camp, particularly near a stone factory. These journalists were wearing their flak jackets clearly marked with the word “PRESS” and their helmets.

As a result, Al-Jazeera’s reporter, Shireen Abu ‘Akleh (51), was shot in the head, and Journalist ‘Ali Sadeq Salim Samoudi (55), who is also a producer for Al-Jazeera, was shot in the back. Both of them were taken to Ibn Sinai Hospital in Jenin, where at around 07:15, the medical crews announced the death of Abu ‘Akleh after succumbing to her injury.

According to data collected by PCHR’s staff, Shireen Abu ‘Akleh was injured while wearing a helmet and blue flak jacket both marked with the word “PRESS.” IOF, who deployed in the area and whose snipers topped the roofs of houses there, opened fire at Abu ‘Akleh, wounding her precisely below the ear, i.e. the only area not covered by the helmet. Thus, the injury indicates an intent of fatal shooting.

 The Israeli military spokesperson, Avichay Adraee, said in a statement that: “there is a possibility, now being looked into, that reporters were hit – possibly by shots fired by Palestinian gunmen.”

Eyewitnesses and journalists that were in the area confirmed that when Abu ‘Akleh was targeted there was no exchange of fire with the armed Palestinians, and that the only shooting in the area was from the IOF.

 The attack on Shireen Abu ‘Akleh and her colleague Samoudi despite both of them wearing a helmet and vest with clear “PRESS” insignia, and the deliberate shooting by Israeli snipers on the unprotected area of her head, right below the ear, prove beyond doubt that Israeli soldiers have orders or at least a permission to inflict casualties and deter journalists from covering the Israeli crimes. A matter of fact that has occurred and been documented on several occasions.

This crime comes in the context of systemic attacks on journalists. In 2021, PCHR documented 150 violations against journalists and media personnel operating in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), including the murder of a journalist after IOF bombed his house in Gaza City during the Israeli aggression in May 2021. So far this year, 40 journalists were injured by IOF while covering incidents.

With the killing of Abu ‘Akleh, the number of journalists who IOF killed in the oPt since the outbreak of the al-Aqsa Intifada in September 2000, has risen to 25; 23 of them were Palestinians and 2 foreigners. Also, (8) journalists, including an Italian journalist, were killed in the West Bank, while (17) others, including a British journalist, were killed in the Gaza Strip.

PCHR urges the relevant international parties, especially the International Federation of Journalists and United Nations human rights mechanisms, particularly the Special Rapporteurs for both the right to freedom of expression and the right to peaceful assembly, to monitor violations and take serious actions in response to such incidents, particularly those relating to the direct targeting of journalists. 

PCHR calls upon the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the International Commission of Inquiry to visit the oPt and to take a clear and unwavering position on the Israeli occupation crimes against Palestinian civilians, including journalists, as ongoing and recurrent crimes.

PCHR also urges the ICC to open a special online portal to receive testimonies, complaints, videos, and eyewitness statements, pursuant to the one adopted for the situation in Ukraine.

(Source / 11.05.2022)

PCHR: “Israeli Occupation Forces Kill A Palestinian in West Bank”

On Wednesday morning, 11 May 2022, Israeli occupation forces (IOF) killed a Palestinian boy during clashes in al-Bireh city in Ramallah, after chasing Palestinian protestors in the area. This crime comes few hours after the murder of Al-Jazeera Media Network’s correspondent Shireen Abu ‘Akleh in cold blood in Jenin, north of the West Bank.

According to investigations conducted by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), at approximately 11:40, a number of young Palestinian men and boys gathered in al-Taweek Mount area, east of al-Bireh city, and threw stones at a military checkpoint established near “Psagot” settlement, east of the city.

The soldiers chased the stone-throwers and fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at them. As a result, Thaier Khalil Mislet Mohammed al-Yazouri (18), was shot with a live bullet in his chest from the left side and was then taken via an ambulance to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah. Upon his arrival to the emergency department, medical crews pronounced him dead.

So far this year, the Israeli occupation forces killed 45 Palestinians, including 35 civilians: 8 children, 3 women, and a female journalist. The others are active members of armed groups, 3 of them were extrajudicially executed. Moreover, hundreds of others sustained wounds in IOF attacks, including women and children, across the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

PCHR reiterates its call upon the international community to take immediate action to stop the Israeli occupation’s crimes and reiterates its call upon the High Contracting Parties to the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their obligations under Article 1; to respect and ensure respect for the Convention in all circumstances and their obligations under Article 146 to prosecute persons alleged to commit grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention; noting that these violations are considered war crimes in accordance with Article 147 of the Convention and in accordance with the Additional Protocol I of the Convention to guarantee the right of protection for Palestinian civilians in the occupied territory.

(Source / 11.05.2022)

Updated: Israeli Soldiers Kill Veteran Palestinian Journalist, Injure Another, In Jenin

Israeli soldiers killed, Wednesday dawn, a prominent Palestinian journalist, Al-Jazeera TV correspondent Shireen Abu Akleh, 51, and injured another journalist after targeting them with sniper fire when many journalists gathered to cover an invasion of Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank.

Update: Dozens of soldiers and police officers invaded the home of the slain journalist in Beit Hanina, north of occupied Jerusalem.

The soldiers tried to intimidate the family and threatened to abduct them if Palestinian flags are raised at her funeral, but the Palestinians who gathered in the area managed to force the soldiers out of the property.

The Palestinian Health Ministry has confirmed that Shireen was shot with a live round in the head while wearing his press vest and helmet when an Israeli army sharpshooter fired one round at her.

The Ministry added that the soldiers first shot journalist Ali Sammoudi with a live round in the back, just as the journalists from various media agencies gathered in an open area in a clear line of sight from Israeli soldiers when the army committed its heinous crime.

Sammoudi, who was shot in the back, said that he, Shireen, and several other journalists gathered near a UNRWA-run school near Jenin refugee camp and were all wearing press vests and helmets before the soldiers shot him in the back and then shot Shireen with a live round in the head.

“The soldiers had a clear view of us. They knew we were journalists, yet, then deliberately targeted us with sniper fire,” Sammoudi said, “Nothing was happening there, no protests, no exchange of fire between the soldiers and the Palestinian fighters; they targeted us knowing we are all journalists – what they did was a crime and a deliberate attack.”

Al-Jazeera TV issued a statement denouncing the deliberate targeting of reporters, the assassination of Shireen Abu Akleh, and the shooting of Ali Sammoudi.

Al-Jazeera said Abu Akleh was assassinated and was not by accident and added that eyewitnesses and other journalists, including Shatha Hanaysha, who was standing next to Shireen, revealed that the army killed Shireen before its snipers also pinned down Hanaysha and several journalists.

“We stood together in a collective way as journalists, then we started moving. We were shocked by the live ammunition fired at us, we reached an area that did not allow us to withdraw.” Hanaysha told Al-Jazeera.

“We were just facing the snipers. If they were not really willing to kill some of us, they could have started shooting before our arrival in this narrow area. I see this as a clear assassination of journalists,” she said.

“The one that killed Shireen was intended to kill her because he shot the bullet at an area of her body that was not protected,” Hanaysha also said.

The Al-Jazeera Media Network issues an official statement condemning the Israeli crime and holding the Israeli government and its occupation army responsible.

“Al Jazeera Media Network condemns this heinous crime, which intends to only prevent the media from conducting their duty. Al Jazeera holds the Israeli government and the occupation forces responsible for the killing of Shireen. It also calls on the international community to condemn and hold the Israeli occupation forces accountable for their intentional targeting and killing of Shireen.”

“The Israeli authorities are also responsible for the targeting of Al Jazeera producer Ali al-Sammoudi, who was also shot in the back while covering the same event, and is currently undergoing treatment.”

“Al Jazeera extends its sincere condolences to the family of Shireen in Palestine and to her extended family around the world, and we pledge to prosecute the perpetrators legally, no matter how hard they try to cover up their crime, and bring them to justice.”

Shireen was born in occupied Jerusalem in the year 1971; she hails from a Palestinian Christian family in Bethlehem. She lived in Jerusalem and, as a child, she studied at the Rosary Sisters School in Beit Hanina, in occupied Jerusalem.

She obtained her B.A. degree in journalism from Al-Yarmouk University in Jordan and returned to Palestine where she worked in various professions, including Palestine Radio, The UNRWA, Amman Satellite TV, Radio Monte Carlo, and in the year 1997, she started working for the Al-Jazeera News Agency.

The Palestinian Authority condemned the assassination of Shireen and the ongoing Israeli crimes against civilians, including Journalists.

Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh issued a statement mourning the killing of Abu Akleh and denouncing the Israeli crime. “She was killed while exposing the horrific Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people.”

(Source / 11.05.2022)

Army Demolishes A Palestinian Home In Beit Hanina

On Wednesday, Israeli soldiers demolished a Palestinian home in Beit Hanina town, north of occupied Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

The soldiers invaded the al-Ashqariyya neighborhood in Beit Hanina before surrounding and invading a home owned by Atwan Salayma.

The army then demolished the two hundred square/meter home that provided shelter for eight family members and the pretext of being built without a permit.

Earlier Wednesday, the soldiers invaded Jabal al-Mokabber town, southeast of Jerusalem, and demolished a commercial structure.

(Source / 11.05.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Kill A Palestinian Teen Near Ramallah

Israeli soldiers killed a Palestinian teenage boy on Wednesday and injured another in the al-Biereh city, near Ramallah in the central West Bank.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said the soldiers fatally shot Tha’er Khalil a-Yazouri, 16, in Jabal at-Tawil area in the al-Biereh city.

It stated that the child, a student of the al-Hashimiyya School in al-Biereh, was shot with a live round in the heart and added that the soldiers shot another child, 17, with a live round in the leg.

The soldiers also fired many live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, and gas bombs at many schoolchildren after several army jeeps invaded the area.

On Wednesday dawn, Israeli soldiers killed a prominent Palestinian journalist, Al-Jazeera TV correspondent Shireen Abu Akleh, 51, and injured another journalist after targeting them with sniper fire when many journalists gathered to cover an invasion of the Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank.

On Wednesday dawn, the soldiers killed a prominent Palestinian journalist, Al-Jazeera TV correspondent Shireen Abu Akleh, 51, and injured another journalist after targeting them with sniper fire when many journalists gathered to cover an invasion of the Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank.

(Source / 11.05.2022)