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Episode 1835

Shireen Abu Akleh
Thu, 2022-May-12 02:19 UTC
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With 129,182 views on Wednesday, 11 May 2022 our article of the day is Shireen Abu Akleh.

Shireen Abu Akleh (Arabic: شيرين أبو عاقلة; January 3, 1971 – May 11, 2022) was a Palestinian-American journalist who worked as a reporter for the Arabic-language channel of Al Jazeera for 25 years, and was a household name across the Middle East for her decades of reporting in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories. She was shot and killed on May 11, 2022, while covering an Israel Defense Forces raid on the West Bank city of Jenin.

Abu Akleh was one of the Arab world's leading journalists, a veteran reporter who was described after her death as having been "among Arab media's most prominent figures". Her career included reporting on major Palestinian events including the Second Intifada as well as analyzing Israeli politics; her live reporting on television and distinct signoffs were well-known, and she inspired many other Palestinians and Arabs to pursue careers in journalism.

On May 11, 2022, Abu Akleh was shot and killed while reporting on an Israel Defense Forces raid on the West Bank city of Jenin. Al Jazeera and the Palestinian Ministry of Health reported that she was killed by the IDF, with an Agence France-Presse photojournalist also reporting Israeli forces had shot and killed her; eyewitness reports as well as statements by other countries and non-governmental organizations additionally characterized her killing as having been perpetrated by Israeli forces. While Israel initially said she was killed as a result of an exchange of fire with Palestinian militants, an Israeli spokesperson subsequently said that it was not yet known who was responsible; the Israeli assertion that Palestinians fired on the IDF was disputed by eyewitnesses and Palestinian figures. An autopsy was inconclusive as to who shot Abu Akleh.

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