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U.S. officials return to Palestinians bullet that killed Al Jazeera reporter

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It remains unclear whether Israeli authorities participated in the ballistic analysis tests reportedly conducted in U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.

By JNS

U.S. forensic experts have returned to the Palestinian Authority the bullet that killed Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, according to multiple reports on Monday citing P.A. Justice Minister Mohammed al-Shalaldeh.

The move comes after the P.A. transferred the bullet to American security officials, who reportedly conducted ballistic analysis tests in the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.

Abu Akleh’s killing in Jenin on May 11 during a gun battle between Israeli forces and Palestinian gunmen has garnered global attention, with Ramallah having immediately pointed the finger at Jerusalem–which has come under intense international scrutiny.

It remains unclear whether Israeli authorities participated in the ballistic tests.

On Sunday, Akram al-Khatib, general prosecutor for the P.A., reportedly told Voice of Palestine radio, “We got guarantees from the American coordinator that the examination will be conducted by them and that the Israeli side will not take part.”

However, this account was contradicted by IDF spokesperson Brig. Gen. Ran Kochav, who told Army Radio that, “The [ballistic]test will not be American. The test will be an Israeli test, with an American presence throughout.”

The results of the forensic probe were expected as early as Monday.

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