Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Wednesday morning that there was a good chance a Palestinian journalist shot dead earlier in the day during an Israeli military raid in the West Bank was killed by Palestinian gunfire.
Al Jazeera correspondent Shireen Abu Aqleh, 51, was shot in the head while covering the Israeli operation in Jenin, which has seen high tensions in recent days. In footage from the scene after she was shot, Abu Aqleh can be seen wearing a press vest and helmet.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called Abu Aqleh’s death “an ugly crime,” but Bennett pushed back on claims by Palestinian authorities that she was killed by fire from Israeli security forces.
Bennett said Abbas is “throwing blame at Israel without any basis.” The prime minister said that “according to the information we have gathered, it appears likely that armed Palestinians — who were firing indiscriminately at the
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