Palestinian journalist killed on her first day on the job

Ghufran Warasneh is the second Palestinian journalist killed by Israeli forces in less than a month, following the murder of Aljazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in Jenin refugee camp on May 11.

At least 56 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in 2022. [Getty]

Israeli forces on Wednesday killed a Palestinian woman in Al-Arroub refugee camp north of Hebron, the Palestinian health ministry said.

Ghufran Warasneh, a 31-year-old journalist from Al-Arroub refugee camp, was shot dead at the entrance to the camp on Wednesday. She was taken to Ahli Hospital in Hebron, where she was pronounced dead an hour later.

“Warasneh was shot in the chest, very close to the heart,” an Ahli Hospital spokesperson said. The new Arabic.

“She arrived at the hospital practically dead,” the spokesperson said. “She had lost too much blood and her heart had stopped.”

“Ghufran was going to work around 7:40 a.m. through the entrance to the refugee camp, where Israeli forces are usually stationed,” said Abdel Rahman Warasneh, his cousin. The new Arabic.

“A few minutes later we heard that someone had been shot and I rushed with other people to the entrance of the camp to find it was Ghufran,” he added.

“When her parents heard the news, they were devastated. She was their eldest child and their main support,” Warasneh said. “She was single and lived with them and helped look after her younger siblings.”

“Ghufran had applied for a job as a news presenter at our radio station two weeks ago,” said Talab Jaabari, director and program producer at Dream Radio in Hebron. The new Arabic.

“She passed qualification tests and was hired and today [Wednesday] It was her first day on the job,” Jaabari pointed out. “We were expecting her to be the first on the air as a new voice, but instead we got the news of her murder.”

Palestinian social media accounts released videos of Warasneh’s reports covering Palestinian news for local media.

“Ghufran was intelligent, charismatic and passionate about journalism and the media,” Jaabari described. “She was very excited to start working with us, and we were delighted to have her talent on the team.”

Israeli media reported that Warasneh brandished a knife and attempted to stab Israeli soldiers, without providing evidence. His family and colleagues have denied the Israeli allegations. An eyewitness from Al-Arroub camp told Palestinian media that Warasneh was shot while standing about two meters from an Israeli soldier.

A general strike was called in the Al-Arroub camp by local associations, while spontaneous demonstrations were launched by students of the Al-Arroub school which turned into a clash between the inhabitants and the Israeli army at the entrance to the camp.

Ghufran Warasneh is the second Palestinian journalist killed by Israeli forces in less than a month, following the murder of Aljazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in Jenin refugee camp on May 11.

With Warasneh, the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces since the start of 2022 rises to 56.

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