Al-Jazeera reporter killed in Israeli raid on West Bank

New York: An Al-Jazeera journalist was shot and killed while covering an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank town of Jenin on May 11, the Palestinian health ministry said.

It said Shireen Abu Akleh, a well-known Palestinian reporter for the broadcaster’s Arabic language channel, was shot and died soon afterward. Another Palestinian journalist working for the Jerusalem-based Al-Quds newspaper was wounded but in stable condition.

In a statement, the Israeli Army said it has launched an investigation into the incident and was looking into the possibility that the journalists were hit by “armed Palestinians”.

The raid triggered clashes with armed residents, and “massive fire was shot toward Israeli forces by tens of armed Palestinian gunmen”, said the statement, adding that the soldiers “responded with fire toward the sources of the fire and explosive devices. Hits were identified”.

Meanwhile, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid tweeted that the Jewish state offered to carry out with the Palestinians “a joint pathological investigation into the sad death” of the journalist.

“Journalists must be protected in conflict zones and we all have a responsibility to get to the truth,” Lapid said.

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