US says Israeli military gunfire likely responsible for Shireen Abu Akleh's death but examination of bullet inconclusive

An examination of the bullet that killed Al Jazeera correspondent and Palestinian-American citizen Shireen Abu Akleh “无法得出明确的结论” 关于它的起源, due to the condition of the bullet, but the US Security Coordinator hasconcluded that gunfire from [Israel Defense Forces] positions was likely responsiblefor her death, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement Monday.

Price said that conclusion on the likely responsibility for the killing cameby summarizing boththe IDF and Palestinian Authority investigationsprobes to which the US Security Coordinator was grantedfull accessover the past several weeks.
The Security Coordinator, 价格说, “found no reason to believe that this was intentional but rather the result of tragic circumstances during an IDF-led military operation against factions of Palestinian Islamic Jihad on May 11, 2022, in Jenin, which followed a series of terrorist attacks in Israel.
    He noted that the examination of the bullet 原为 “extremely detailed,” 然后 “独立, third-party examiners, as part of a process overseen by the U.S. Security Coordinator (USSC),” were unable to definitively conclude its origin.
      Ballistic experts determined the bullet was badly damaged, which prevented a clear conclusion,” 价格说.
        The United States appreciates and continues to encourage cooperation between Israel and the PA in this important case. We will remain engaged with Israel and the PA on next steps and urge accountability,” 他说. “We again offer our deepest condolences to the Abu Akleh family.
        Palestinian officials made the bullet available to US authorities on Saturday. Palestinian Authority Justice Minister Mohammad Al-Shalaldeh told Al Jazeera on Sunday night that US officials had returned the bullet.
          A US official previously told CNN that Washington had been pushing the Palestinians to give them access to the bullet that killed Abu Akleh for weeks.
          We have made clear our view to Israel and the PA that the United States expects thorough, 透明, and impartial investigations into the circumstances of Ms. Abu Akleh’s killing and accountability,” said a State Department spokesperson when asked about the matter.
          上个月, 24 US senators called for direct US involvement in the investigation into Abu Akleh’s killing.
            It is clear that neither of the parties on the ground trust the other to conduct a credible and independent investigation,” they wrote in a letter to President Joe Biden, WHO plans to visit Israel and the West Bank later this month. “因此, 这一点, we believe the only way to achieve that goal is for the United States to be directly involved in investigating Ms. Abu Akleh’s death.
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