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Palestinians hand bullet that killed journalist to U.S. for examination

World Jul 02, 2022 04:21PM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A Palestinian woman takes pictures at the scene where Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh was shot dead during an Israeli raid, in Jenin, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, May 17, 2022. Picture taken May 17, 2022. REUTERS/Raneen Sawafta

By Ali Sawafta

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) -The Palestinian Authority has handed the bullet that killed prominent Palestinian-American Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh to U.S. authorities for forensic examination, a Palestinian official said on Saturday.

Abu Akleh was killed on May 11 while covering an Israeli military raid in the Palestinian city of Jenin in the occupied West Bank. Her death sparked Palestinian outrage and international condemnation.

"The relevant parties in the state of Palestine agreed to allow the U.S. side to conduct ballistic works on the bullet. It was handed over to them," Akram al-Khatib, General Prosecutor for the Palestinian Authority, said in a statement published by the official Palestinian news agency WAFA.

There was no immediate comment from U.S. diplomatic officials in Jerusalem.

The Israeli military, prime minister's office and defence ministry did not immediately comment when asked whether Israel would be cooperating with the U.S. investigation and, if so, how.

Defence Minister Benny Gantz said in May that Israel was "prepared to conduct an investigation in collaboration with international actors".

After its own investigation, the Palestinian Authority said Abu Akleh had been shot by an Israeli soldier in a "deliberate murder".

Israel has denied the accusation and says it is continuing its own investigation.

But it says it cannot determine whether she was shot accidentally by an Israeli soldier or by a Palestinian militant during an exchange of fire without examining the bullet to see if it matches an Israeli military rifle.

U.S. President Joe Biden is expected to meet separately with Palestinian and Israeli leaders during a visit to the region on July 13-16.

Video footage showed that Abu Akleh, 51, was wearing a blue vest clearly marked "Press" when she was shot. At least two colleagues who were with her said they had come under Israeli sniper fire without being near any militants.

Palestinians hand bullet that killed journalist to U.S. for examination
 

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louletano
louletano Jul 02, 2022 6:19PM ET
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I wouldn´t put it past a palestinian militant shooting her as a martyr to the cause........and obviously blame Israel...Ricochet of a projectile is common in any action...
Matan D
Matan D Jul 02, 2022 5:18PM ET
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*****happens when you push yourself into a battlefield. Why the Palestinians pass the bullet 2 months after the incident?
Alireza Bahramando
Alireza Bahramando Jul 02, 2022 3:06PM ET
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She was shot accidentally?? How they can ***an American reporter while she is working hard to let us know what is going on in the world and walk away from it who is next? US embassy workers?? Last time when Israel killed 6 US marines they said it was an accident ******** Shouldn't we attack to Israel now?
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Matan D Jul 02, 2022 3:06PM ET
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US Army killed dozens of journalists who entered the battlefield, by mistake obviously, so you're in no position to judge you hypocrite
 
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