The Al Jazeera journalist was killed while covering an Israeli military raid in the West Bank city of Jenin on May 11. The Palestinian Authority has refused to hand over the bullet to Israel, saying it could not trust the Israelis to carry out an impartial investigation.
“We will not hand over the bullet that killed Abu Akleh to the occupation and we have agreed that the Americans will carry out a forensic examination of the bullet,” Khatib told reporters.
The bullet will be examined at the US embassy in Jerusalem, Khatib told CNN. The Palestinians have received “assurances” from the United States that the bullet “will not be delivered to Israel,” he said.
The US embassy did not immediately respond to a CNN request for comment. The Israel Defense Forces said they did not yet have a public comment.
A forensic investigation of the bullet could potentially allow an official determination of who killed Abu Akleh.
The Palestinian Authority says there were no militants in the area and that an Israeli soldier targeted it on purpose.
Palestinians, along with journalists, human rights activists and other leaders, around the world continue to demand accountability for his murder.