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US forensic experts to analyse bullet that killed Al Jazeera journalist

American forensic experts will analyse the bullet that killed Al Jazeera journalist May, as the Palestinian Authority attempts a settlement with Israel.

Shireen Abu Akleh (51), was an American-Palestinian veteran reporter who covered the Middle East conflict over more than 25 years.

Despite being identified as a journalist, she was killed while covering an Israeli military raid at a refugee camp in the West Bank.

She was reportedly killed by the fire of the Israel Defence Forces.


According to the Israeli army, she was caught up in a fight with Palestinian gunmen. They requested that the bullet be turned over and analysed as evidence. The Palestinians refused to hand over the bullet because they were unsure.

A video was released by the Israeli prime minister’s office suggesting that a Palestinian might have been responsible. However, an analysis done by Sky News Data and Forensics team has shown that the footage did not appear to have been shot at Ms Abu Akleh.

International outrage ensued when Israeli police were caught on video using tear gas and trying to arrest mourners at the Jerusalem journalist’s funeral.

The legs of the pallbearers were brutally beat by officers, which caused the coffin slip and almost to fall to the ground.

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At the journalist’s funeral

Akram al Khatib (Palestinian attorney general) stated that the bullet was given to American specialists “for technical work”. He said that the Palestinians were happy to have international bodies “help us confirm it”.

He stated, “We are confident in our investigations and the conclusions we have achieved.”

The Associated Press stated that it was not immediately clear what an analysis would yield from the bullet without the rifle.

In just over a week, the US President Joe Biden will visit the region.


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