US says Israeli gunfire killed Shireen Abu Akleh but not ‘intentionally’

TEL AVIV — A U.S. analysis of forensic and ballistic evidence, as well as separate Israeli and Palestinian investigations, found the bullet that killed Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh likely came from an Israeli soldier, but added that there was “no reason to believe it was intentional,” the State Department said Monday.

The Palestinian Authority handed over the bullet to the US security coordinator on Saturday, complying with Israel’s request that without the bullet it would not be able to determine whether Abu Akleh had been shot by a Israeli firearm or weapons of armed Palestinians in the area at the time of filming.

Abu Akleh, a longtime correspondent for Al Jazeera News, was shot in the head on May 11 while covering an Israeli military raid in the West Bank city of Jenin.

“The USSC found no reason to believe this was intentional but rather the result of tragic circumstances during an IDF-led military operation against Palestinian Islamic Jihad factions on May 11, 2022 in Jenin, which followed a series of terrorist attacks in Israel,” the statement read.

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