Published: 2022-07-03 10:51
Last Updated: 2022-08-11 00:02
Saturday, the Palestinian Authority agreed to hand over the bullet that killed the veteran journalist Shireen Abu Akleh to US authorities, a Palestinian official said.
Akram al-Khatib, the general prosecutor for the Palestinian Authority, told Reuters, “We agreed to transfer the bullet to the Americans for examination.”
Last month, the United Nations said that information it had gathered revealed that the bullets that killed Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh were fired by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF).
UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told reporters in Geneva, “All information we have gathered … is consistent with the finding that the shots that killed Abu Akleh and injured her colleague Ali Sammoudi came from Israeli security forces and not from indiscriminate firing by armed Palestinians.”
She added that the information the OHCHR had gathered had revealed no “activity by armed Palestinians in the immediate vicinity of the journalists.”
An investigation by Al Jazeera Media Network had earlier revealed the type of the bullet that was used in the assassination of Shireen Abu Akleh.
According to experts, the bullet was designed to pierce armor and is used in an M4 rifle.
The investigation indicated that the bullet was 5.56mm – the same used by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF).
On May 11, 2022, Shireen Abu Akleh, 51, was killed after being shot by the Israeli Occupation Forces while covering an Israeli Occupation army raid in the occupied West Bank.