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Palestinians to allow US to examine bullet that killed Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

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 Israeli army says it is unclear who fired the fatal shot. in a Preliminary investigationThe army said there was a possibility that Abu Akleh was hit by indiscriminate Palestinian fire or by an Israeli sniper positioned some 200 meters (approximately 656 feet) away in an exchange of fire with Palestinian gunmen, although neither Israel nor anyone else has provided evidence showing armed Palestinians within a clear line of fire from Abu Akleh.

The Palestinian Authority says there were no militants in the area and that an Israeli soldier targeted it on purpose.

Al Jazeera has denounced his death as “flagrant murder” by Israeli forces.
At least five journalistic investigations, including one by CNN, suggested that the fatal shot came from a position where Israeli troops were known to have been. None of the investigations have found evidence of Palestinian militants near Abu Akleh when he was shot.
Abu Akleh covered the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for two decades and was beloved throughout the region for her fearless reporting. She was given a state funeral at the Palestinian presidential headquarters in Ramallah.

Palestinians, along with journalists, human rights activists and other leaders, around the world continue to demand accountability for his murder.

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