Al Jazeera journalist killed in Israeli shelling in West Bank

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International Desk: An Al Jazeera journalist was shot dead by Israeli forces in the West Bank, the Qatar-based news channel reported.

The journalist named Shirin Abu Aklih was killed on Wednesday.

But the Israeli military says the Al Jazeera journalist may have been shot dead by Palestinians. They also said there was widespread Israeli fighting with Palestinians.

A Palestinian official says Shirin Abu Aklih was “killed” by Israeli forces while reporting on a military operation in the city of Jenin.

The Israeli military has recently stepped up operations in Jenin as violence escalates, Reuters reported.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health has confirmed the death of Abu Aklih. Another journalist, Ali Samudi, was injured, they said.

The Israeli military said in a statement that it had retaliated when its troops came under heavy fire during an operation in Jenin.

“The reporter was probably shot dead by Palestinian gunmen. The matter is being investigated,” they said in a statement.

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