The bullet that killed Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh has been handed to US officials to conduct a forensic examination, the Palestinian Authority said.
Late Saturday, Palestinian Attorney-General Akram al-Khatib told the Doha-based Al Jazeera television channel, “We have agreed to allow the American side to conduct a forensic examination of the bullet that killed Abu Akleh.”
He added that the bullet will not be given to the Israeli side.
Abu Akleh was covering an Israeli military raid near the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank when she was shot dead on May 11.
Tel Aviv denied any responsibility for the killing, while Palestinian officials and her employer Al Jazeera accused Israel of killing the reporter.
An Israeli request for conducting a joint investigation into the journalist’s death has been rejected by Palestinian officials.
An examination of Abu Akleh’s body confirmed that she was killed by an armor-piercing projectile fired directly at her head by an Israeli sniper, al-Khatib announced on May 26.
Al Jazeera, CNN, Associated Press, Washington Post, and the New York Times, among leading media outlets, conducted their own investigations, which all came to an end that Abu Akleh was killed by an Israeli bullet.