Palestinian hand bullet kills journalist who came to the US for an autopsy According to Reuters
© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A Palestinian woman poses for a photo at the scene where Al Jazeera’s Shireen Abu Akleh was shot dead during an Israeli raid, in Jenin, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, May 17, 2022. Photo taken May 17, 2022. REUTERS / Raneen Sawafta
By Ali Sawafta
RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – The Palestinian Authority has handed over the bullet that killed prominent Palestinian-American journalist Al Jazeera Shireen Abu Akleh to U.S. authorities for a forensic examination, a Palestinian official said on Thursday. Seven.
Abu Akleh was killed on 11 May while concealing an Israeli army raid on the Palestinian city of Jenin in the occupied West Bank. Her death sparked Palestinian outrage and international condemnation.
“The parties involved in the state of Palestine have agreed to allow the US side to conduct ballistic operations. It has been handed over to them,” Akram al-Khatib, the Palestinian Authority’s Prosecutor General, said. in a published statement. The official Palestinian news agency WAFA.
There was no immediate comment from US diplomatic officials in Jerusalem.
Israel’s military, prime minister’s office and defense ministry were not immediately available for comment when asked if Israel was cooperating with the US investigation and, if so, how.
Defense Minister Benny Gantz in May said Israel was “prepared to conduct an investigation with the cooperation of international parties”.
Following its own investigation, the Palestinian Authority said Abu Akleh was shot by an Israeli soldier in an “intentional murder”.
Israel has denied the allegation and said it was continuing its own investigation.
But it said it could not determine whether she was accidentally shot by an Israeli soldier or a Palestinian militia in an exchange of fire without testing the bullet to see if it matched a rifle. Israel’s military or not.
US President Joe Biden is scheduled to meet privately with Palestinian and Israeli leaders during his visit to the region on July 13-16.
The video shows Abu Akleh, 51, wearing a blue vest that reads “Press” as she was shot. At least two colleagues traveling with her said they fell within range of Israeli snipers without being near any of the fighters.