US Won’t Conduct Own Investigation Into Killing Of Shireen Abu Akleh

But Washington says it hopes the PA will share the fatal blow bullet with Israel

The United States will not conduct its own investigation into the death of Palestinian-American Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, a Biden administration official told The Times of Israel on Thursday.

Washington will continue to advise the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority in their respective investigations into the May 11 incident. “We are helping them review the way they investigate,” the official said, declining to expand on the matter further.

Israel is investigating the incident, but says only a ballistic analysis of the bullet – held by the PA – and the soldiers’ weapons can determine whether any of them fired the fatal shot. The Palestinian Authority refused to hand over the ball, saying it does not trust Israel.

Nonetheless, the United States hopes the PA will share its “evidence” with Israel, the administration official said when asked about the bullet.

The AP announced earlier Thursday that its investigators concluded that the fatal bullet was deliberately fired by an Israeli soldier. PA Attorney General Akram Khatib told a press conference that forensic evidence indicated that Abu Akleh had been fatally shot from behind as she tried to flee to escape bursts of Israeli fire. However, he did not present the evidence, and Israel immediately rejected those conclusions.

The Israeli military is expected to announce the results of its own investigation in the coming days, an Israeli official said, but has already announced that they are unlikely to be final given that the bullet remains in PA possession.

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