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Shireen Abu Akleh: Netizens Condemn Shooting of Palestinian Journalist by Israeli Forces

Netizens and world leaders have condemned the killing of Al Jazeera Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in the occupied West Bank.

The incident has ignited debate on the safety of journalists on the frontline, with many condemning the Israeli forces for killing the 51-year-old journalist.

Here are some of the tweets:

Abu was shot dead on Wednesday, May 11 while covering Israeli army raids in the city of Jenin.

She was rushed to a hospital within the area, where she was declared dead shortly after.

The journalist was wearing press vest and was with other journalists when she was killed.
Abu Akleh was born in Jerusalem to a Catholic family.

She would go on to study in Jordan, from where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

The fallen journalist’s desire to tell the usually ignored stories is captured in a 2017 interview with Palestinian television channel An-Najah NBC.

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Asked whether she was ever afraid of being shot, she said:

“Of course I get scared,” she said. “In a specific moment you forget that fear. We don’t throw ourselves to death. We go and we try to find where we can stand and how to protect the team with me before I think about how I am going to go up on the screen and what I am going to say.”

In another interview, Abu Akleh said she chose journalism as she wanted to be with people.

“I chose journalism to be close to people. It might not be easy to change the reality but at least I could bring their voice to the world. I am Shireen Abu Akleh”

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