Shireen Abu Akleh: Qatar towers light up with face of slain journalist, Palestinian flag
Tower buildings in Qatar's capital of Doha were lit up with the face of slain journalist Shireen Abu Akleh and the Palestinian flag on Wednesday.
Palestinian journalist Abu Akleh, 51, was shot dead by Israeli forces on Wednesday while reporting on a security raid for pan-Arab media network Al Jazeera in the occupied West Bank's Jenin refugee camp.
Images and video footage posted to Twitter show Abu Akleh depicted on a tower block in the Lusail area - wearing a press vest, as she had been when she was fatally wounded.
The Palestinian flag adorned a second tower, slightly to the left of and behind the one bearing Abu Akleh's visage.
إضاءة برج في منطقة #لوسيل بالعاصمة القطرية #الدوحة بصورة الزميلة الصحفية الراحلة #شيرين_أبو_عاقلة وآخر بعلم #فلسطين#قطر pic.twitter.com/g09DUKDX4W— الجزيرة مباشر (@ajmubasher) May 11, 2022
Abu Akleh's reporting resonated with audiences of all backgrounds across the Middle East and beyond.
"Shireen Abu Akleh, Al Jazeera," said one Twitter user responding to a video of the Doha towers, referring to the veteran journalist's signature sign-off.
"Anger will not bring you back, but it will keep a spotlight on the history of the Palestinian cause," they added.
Qatar on Wednesday slammed Abu Akleh's killing, with its foreign ministry calling the shooting a "horrific crime" and a "blatant attack on freedom of media and expression".
Qatar's Assistant Foreign Minister Lolwah Al-Khater tweeted that it was "state-sponsored Israeli terrorism" which "must STOP", urging that "unconditional support to Israel must END".