The female veteran reporter for Al Jazeera was shot dead by the Israeli army while covering a raid in the occupied West Bank town of Jenin. According tothe Palestinian Health Ministry and Al Jazeera journalists , Abu Akleh was hit by a bullet and taken to hospital in a critical condition but died soon afterwards.
Abu Akleh was one of Al Jazeera's first field correspondents, joining the network in 1997. The Israeli army attributed her death to fire from Palestinian forces in a clash with Israeli soldiers. However, Al Jazeera's Ramallah bureau chief Walid al-Omary said there had been no shooting by Palestinian gunmen.