Shireen Abu Akleh
Shireen Abu Akleh

Al Jazeera Media Network says Israel’s government is responsible for the May 11 killing of its veteran journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was shot while covering an Israel Defense Force raid on a Palestinian refugee camp in Jenin.

The Qatar-based satellite TV company calls on the ”international community to condemn and hold the Israeli occupation forces accountable for their intentional targeting and killing of Shireen,” according to its statement.

Abu Akleh was wearing a blue flak jacket marked “Press” at the time of her murder.

The IDF, which came under heavy fire while conducting its military operation, is investigating the incident and raised the possibility that Abu Akleh was shot by a Palestinian gunman.

Prime minister Naftali Bennett said “there is a considerable chance that armed Palestinians, who were firing wildly, were the ones who brought about the journalist’s unfortunate death.”

Tom Nides, US ambassador to Israel, also called for an investigation of the shooting of Abu Akleh and the injury of at least one other journalist in Jenin.

In a tweet, he identified Abu Akleh as an American and Palestinian journalist.

Abu Akleh, who was 51, was born and raised in Jerusalem in a Christian family. She joined Al Jazeera at its launch in 1997 and "became the face of Palestinian coverge for millions of Arab households," reported CNN.