The killing of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank has cast a spotlight on the high rate of Israeli attacks against media workers, particularly Palestinians, and the relative impunity under which they operate, according to local journalists, advocates and rights groups.
Abu Akleh, 51, was fatally shot in the face on Wednesday while covering Israeli raids in the city of Jenin.
Palestinian authorities said the veteran journalist was shot by Israeli forces. Israel offered to conduct a joint investigation with Palestinian authorities, but its military has sought to cast doubt on who was responsible, saying Abu Akleh was shot during an exchange of gunfire and may have been killed by Palestinian gunmen. Palestinian authorities have rejected a joint investigation.
Journalists on the scene, including Shatha Hanaysha, who was also wounded in the incident, have rejected that narrative, saying Abu Akleh was in an
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