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Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu-Aqleh was

shot dead by

Israeli forces on

Wednesday while covering an incursion into the Jenin

refugee

camp in the West Bank, an AFP photographer confirmed.

A Palestinian official said Shireen Abu Akleh had been "killed" by Israeli forces while reporting on a raid in the city of Jenin, which has seen army

raids intensify

in recent weeks as violence escalated.

Al Jazeera and the

Palestinian Ministry of Health

have confirmed the death of Abu-Aqleh, a leading figure in the Al Jazeera service in Arabic.

In addition, from the ministry they have reported that Ali Samodi

The Israeli army, in a statement, said its troops had responded after coming under "massive fire" in Jenin and that "there is a possibility, which is now being investigated, that the reporters may have been hit, possibly by shots by armed Palestinians".

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