Bullet that killed Al Jazeera reporter sent to US officials

Archimandrite Abdullah Yulio, parish priest of the Melkite Greek Catholic church in Ramallah, speaks during a memorial service in June for the late Palestinian and veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP via Getty Images)

The Palestinian Authority has reportedly provided U.S. officials with the bullet that murdered Shireen Abu Akleh, a notable Palestinian-American journalist.

The Embassy of the United States in Jerusalem and Israeli officials had no immediate comment.

Israel has stated that it cannot ascertain the facts until Palestinians submit the bullet for a joint forensic study. The U.S. has been urging Palestinians and Israelis to disclose evidence, and several outside investigations have suggested that the Israeli military murdered her.

The Palestinian Public Prosecutor says his office has delivered the bullet to U.S. officials but refuses to give it to Israeli officials.

In a phone discussion on Thursday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas decided to share the bullet, according to a Palestinian official who spoke to NPR on the condition of anonymity.

Abu Akleh's family expressed fear and shock at the news that the bullet had been shared with U.S. officials to NPR.

They had demanded a U.S.-led probe, but now they claim that no official has updated them on who will examine the bullet, and they have worries that the process will result in accountability.

Publish : 2022-07-03 12:36:00

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