Report: Forensic Analysis of Bullet in Abu Akleh Case Completed, Results Pending

Police arrest a man as hundreds protest in the Old City of Yerushalayim, ahead of the funeral of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was killed during a raid in Jenin, May 13. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The Palestinian Authority said on Sunday that the U.S. experts asked to examine the bullet that killed Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh had returned it to Ramallah, noting that the results of the forensic analysis have yet to be handed over.

Minister Mohammad Fahhad Al-Shalaldeh told the Qatari news network that “handing over the bullet to the Americans was based on the fact that Abu Akleh had American citizenship, and we do not oppose conducting any neutral investigation to reach those who perpetrated this crime.

“We worked with the Americans and they have a moral obligation to conduct this test. We are waiting for the results of the report.”

Abu Akleh, 51, a veteran correspondent, was fatally shot on May 11 while covering an IDF raid in Jenin.

The Palestinians, along with Abu Akleh’s colleagues who were with her at the time, say she was killed by Israeli fire. The IDF says that she was caught in the crossfire of a battle with Palestinian terrorists and that it is impossible to determine which side killed her without analyzing the bullet.

The Palestinians have refused to allow Israel to conduct a forensic analysis of the bullet or be part of the American team testing the projectile.

PA Attorney General Akram al-Khateeb announced that the bullet was given to U.S. experts “for technical work,” adding that the Palestinians welcome the participation of any international bodies to “help us confirm the truth.”

“We are confident and certain of our investigations and the results we have reached,” he said.

Israel is preparing for several scenarios that can emerge from the forensic analysis of the bullet.

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