US State Department: Unidentified source of bullet that killed Palestinian journalist

In a written statement issued by the US State Department yesterday, it was stated that a detailed forensic analysis had been carried out into the cause of the killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh and no any correct conclusions about this source. of the head.

In the presence of the United States Security Coordinator (USSC), it was stated that according to the results of the analysis of ballistics experts in Israel, the projectile was severely damaged and this condition made them We cannot draw definite conclusions.

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“In addition to forensic and ballistic analysis, the USSC has been granted full access to the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and Palestinian Authority (PA) investigations over the past few weeks,” a ministry spokesman said. US diplomat Ned Price said in a statement.

Summing up the two investigations, the USSC concluded that projectiles from IDF positions were likely responsible for the death of Shireen Abu Akleh. The USSC finds no reason to believe that this was intentional, but rather the result of tragic conditions during an IDF-led military operation against Palestinian Islamic Jihad groups in Jenin following a series of attacks. terrorist attack in Israel.

Palestinian Justice Minister Mohammed al-Shalalide said that at the request of Washington, the bullet that killed the journalist in the occupied West Bank in May has been handed over to investigative experts. Claiming that there was no information regarding the allegation that Israelis were also involved in the investigations, Shelalide said that they followed formal procedures with the United States and set an example for ethical and legal reasons. physical.


The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), which is conducting an independent investigation, released the results of the investigation on June 2
and said the bullet came from Israeli forces. “All the information we have gathered (including official information from the Israeli military and the Palestinian Justice Minister) comes from the Israeli security forces, not because of the bullets that killed Abu Akleh and injured his colleague Ali Sammoudi, as Israeli authorities initially claimed OHCHR said in a statement It was consistent with the information it came from. In the statement it was also pointed out that no information information about Palestinian armed activities in the encirclement of journalists.

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