The Palestinian Authority has handed over the bullet that killed prominent American-Palestinian Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Aghle in May to the United States. U.S. investigators must use expertise on the bullet to determine whether the Israeli military was responsible. Palestinian lawyer Akram al-Khatib announced this on Saturday.
Palestinian sources in Ramallah said the expertise would be held at the US embassy in Jerusalem. After the trial, the prosecutor said the bullet would be returned to the Palestinians.
Abu Aqle was killed while reporting on an attack by the Israeli army in the occupied West Bank. She wore a bulletproof vest marked “Press” and a protective helmet.
A previous study
An Israeli soldier shot and killed an Al Jazeera journalist, the United Nations human rights commissioner said last week. The organization relies on research and information from the Israeli military and the Palestinian Authority Prosecutor.
The American newspaper ‘The New York Times’ also confirmed that the bullet came from the direction of an Israeli military vehicle. The Times said there were no armed Palestinians in the area when the shooting occurred. Israeli authorities tried to blame the Palestinians immediately after the incident. However, the newspaper said it could not confirm that the Israelis fired deliberately and/or targeted the journalist: it could not be determined whether the shooter could see Shireen Abu Aghle’s press vest.
Israel continues to deny it
According to the Israeli military, it is not possible to determine where the bullet came from. Tel Aviv can only conclude that the journalist was not shot on purpose, and that’s it anyway There will be no “criminal activity”. By Israel. On several occasions, the Israeli military has called on the Palestinians to hand over the bullet in question for testing, but the Palestinians have so far refused.
The news comes less than two weeks before US President Joe Biden visits Israel and the West Bank on his first mission to the Middle East as president.
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