The US on Monday said gunfire from an Israeli position likely killed Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, but that there was no “reason to believe her death was intentional.”
The US State Department has said that independent investigators could “not reach a definitive conclusion” regarding the origin of the bullet that killed Palestinian-American journalist Abu Akleh.
“Ballistic experts determined the bullet was badly damaged, which prevented a clear conclusion,” the statement said.
The US Security Coordinator (USSC), by summarizing investigations by both Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA), said that the detailed forensic analysis showed no reason to believe that this was intentional but rather the result of tragic circumstances during an IDF-led military operation against factions of Palestinian Islamic Jihad on May 11, 2022, in Jenin.
Abu Akleh was shot in the head, while covering an Israeli army raid on the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank.
Abu Akleh was shot despite wearing a flak jacket and helmet clearly marked “Press”, and based on investigation carried out by the Palestinian officials, Israeli forces had killed her.
While appreciating cooperation between Israel and the PA, the statement from US State Department said that Washington would remain engaged with Israel and the PA on next steps and urge accountability.
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