Shireen Abu Akleh: Who Was Killed in an Israeli Raid?

The funeral of veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was held on May 13 at a Catholic church in Jerusalem

Mourners have been hit with tear gas at the funeral of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was shot and killed while working in the west bank.

Abu Akleh was shot dead during an attack Israeli raid while he was working in the city of Jenin.

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Mourners attending her funeral were arrested outside the church where the service was held.

Tear gas was fired at people gathering outside the hospital where her body was being held and the journalist’s shrine was destroyed.

Her death was condemned by journalistic organizations around the world.

Here’s everything you need to know about the fate of Shireen Abu Akleh.

Who was Shireen Abu Akleh?

Palestinian artists paint mural honoring Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh (Photo: Getty Images)

Shireen Abu Akleh was a veteran journalist who had worked for the Arabic-language broadcaster Al Jazeera since 1997.

The 51-year-old, who was both Palestinian and US citizen, was Al Jazeera’s Palestinian reporter.

A respected journalist, she has lived and reported in East Jerusalem, covering events such as the Second Intifada.

What religion was Shireen Abu Akleh?

Abu Akleh is a Palestinian Christian whose funeral will take place in a Catholic church in East Jerusalem.

Her family is from Bethlehem.

What happened to the Al Jazeera journalist?

Shireen Abu Akleh’s funeral was held on May 13 (Image: Getty Images)

Abu Akleh was shot while covering an Israeli raid on the Jenin refugee camp.

She was hospitalized but died of her injuries in the early hours of May 11.

In video recordings, the journalist can be seen in a blue flak jacket, with the word press identifying her as a media representative.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said she was hit by gunfire from Israeli forces.

A second journalist, Ali Al-Samud, who worked as a producer on Abu Akleh, was also shot in the back and is currently in hospital in a stable condition.

Eyewitness and Palestinian journalist Shatha Hanaysha recalled the attack to Al Jazeera, saying: “We were four journalists, we all wore vests, all wore helmets.

“That [Israeli] The occupying army did not stop firing even after the collapse. Because of the gunshots, I couldn’t even stretch my arm to pull them out.”

The journalist was honored at a state memorial ceremony on May 12 in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Over 5,000 people lined the streets to pay their respects and acknowledge their contribution to the media.

Her funeral took place on May 13 at a Catholic church in Jerusalem.

What did Al Jazeera say?

Al Jazeera condemned the attack, the Doha-based Arabic-language broadcaster said in a statement that it blamed Israel.

The channel called on the international community to “condemn and hold accountable the Israeli occupying forces for deliberately attacking and killing our colleague Shireen Abu Akleh.”

In a statement, Al Jazeera chief executive Giles Trendle said the channel was “shocked and saddened” by the journalist’s death.

He continued, “We have a history around the world, but especially in this region where we have seen tragedy.”

What did Israel say?

In response to the journalist’s death Israel has said that its forces were attacked during operations in Jenin and that they returned fire.

Originally, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett suggested: “There is a significant chance that armed Palestinians, who fired wildly, were the ones who brought about the journalist’s unfortunate death.”

But later in a statement, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said: “We are not sure how she was killed. We’re investigating.”

Gantz added that the fatal shots could have come from “our side.”

Ahead of her funeral on Friday (May 13), the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) issued a statement claiming it was not possible to confirm who fired the deadly short circuit, adding that it may have been fired by an IDF -Soldiers came from.

Israel has offered to take part in a joint investigation with the Palestinian Authority (PA), but the PA declined, opting instead to take the case to the International Criminal Court.

Where is the West Bank?

The West Bank, home to almost three million Palestinians, was conquered by Israel in 1967.

The region is under Israeli military rule and the Palestinians want it to be part of their future state.

Since then, Israel has built 130 settlements across the region, home to more than 500,000 Israeli settlers. Shireen Abu Akleh: Who Was Killed in an Israeli Raid?


Hung is a Interreviewed U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Hung joined Interreviewed in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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