Skyline condemns the Israeli army's assassination of journalist "Shirin Abu Aqla" and holds the international community responsible for its persistent failure to protect journalists
Stockholm- Skyline International for Human Rights strongly condemns the killing of journalist "Shirin Abu Aqla" and the wounding of her colleague in Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank by the Israeli army.
In a statement released today, Wednesday, Skyline states " A new crime against witnesses of truth was committed by the Israeli army by targeting 51-year-old reporter Shireen Abu Aqla, correspondent of Al-Jazeera, resulting in her death and the wounding of her colleague Ali Samoudi by a live bullet in the back.
She points out that the initial data shows that the attack took place early on Wednesday morning, corresponding to May 11, during their coverage of the large-scale storming of Jenin and its refugee camp in the northern West Bank.
It also indicates that the shot of an Israeli sniper hit Abu Aqla in the head, although she was wearing the protective vest characteristic of the work of journalists and written in the English language "press".
It stresses that this attack is a continuation of the systematic Israeli policy aimed at killing the witnesses of truth and the eyes of journalists working in Palestine.
The human rights foundation Skyline also points out that the crimes of killing journalists and compromising their personal safety, whether through shooting, arbitrary detention, disappearances and threats of all kinds, are part of the attempt to shut up and suppress the freedom of media and freedom of opinion and expression; part of Israel's constant practices to hide the truth from the world.
Skyline concludes its statement by calling on the international community, particularly, the judicial authorities, to act effectively and show an appropriate response to this crime and to launch a full investigation into the practices of the Israeli army against journalists and media workers. The authorities should also bring to trial those involved in these crimes for the serious and grave violations of the international law rules that ensured the protection and special immunity of journalists present on the ground.