• Mon. Sep 26th, 2022

Who is Shireen Abu Akleh? Profile, age & career of the Al Jazeera journalist who was fatally shot while reporting in West Bank

Shireen Abu Akleh, a senior Al Jazeera Arabic correspondent, was shot and killed by Israeli forces during an army operation in the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, according to the Qatar-based news channel and the Palestinian Health Ministry.

Shireen Abu Akleh, 51, a Palestinian journalist, was shot in the head while covering the incursion and was taken to Ibn Sina hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

A second journalist, Ali Asmoadi, of the Jerusalem-based Al-Quds newspaper, was also injured by a gunshot and is in stable condition.

There was no fighting in the area, according to Middle East Eye reporter Shatha Hanaysha, who was with a group of six journalists, including Abu Akleh, when they came under fire from Israeli snipers.

Shireen Abu Akleh, who was she?

Shireen Abu Akleh was a Palestinian journalist who lived from 1971 to May 11, 2022.

She worked for Al Jazeera’s Arabic-language station for 25 years before being assassinated on May 11, 2022, while documenting an Israeli Defense Forces operation on Jenin.

Abu Akleh was born in Jerusalem in 1971 to a Christian family from Bethlehem.

She went to high school in Beit Hanina before enrolling in Jordan University of Science and Technology to study architecture. She later switched to Yarmouk University and earned a bachelor’s degree in print media.

Abu Akleh returned to Palestine after graduation.

Radio Monte Carlo and Voice of Palestine employed Abu Akleh as a journalist.

She’s also worked for UNRWA, the Amman Satellite Channel, and MIFTAH.

She began working as a journalist for Al Jazeera in 1997, and quickly rose to prominence as a correspondent for the Arabic-language channel.

She resided and worked in East Jerusalem, where she covered all important Palestinian events, including the Second Intifada, as well as Israeli politics.

She frequently covered Palestinian funerals murdered by Israeli soldiers.

Abu Akleh remained with Al Jazeera until 2022, when she was slain by Israeli forces.

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