An Al Jazeera journalist was killed while covering an Israeli military raid in the West Bank city of Jenin on May 11. The Palestinian Authority refused to hand over the bullet to Israel, saying they could not trust the Israelis to conduct an impartial investigation.
“We will not hand over the bullet that killed Abu Akle to the occupiers, and we agreed that the Americans will conduct a forensic medical examination of the bullet,” Khatib told reporters.
The bullet will be examined at the US embassy in Jerusalem, Khatib told CNN. According to him, the Palestinians received “guarantees” from the US that the bullet “would not be delivered to Israel.”
The US Embassy did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment. The Israel Defense Forces said they have not yet received a public comment.
A forensic investigation into the bullet has the potential to officially establish who killed Abu Akle.
The Palestinian Authority says there were no militants in the area and an Israeli soldier purposefully targeted her.
Palestinians, as well as journalists, human rights activists and other leaders around the world, continue to demand responsibility for her murder.