After calls for the FBI to step into the investigation of the killing of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, the Biden Administration on Thursday said it will not intervene in the matter by running its own investigation.
The US will continue advising the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority on their own respective probes into the May 11 incident, but will not run its own investigation on it. “We’re helping them review how they investigate,” the official said, declining to elaborate further on the matter.
This being said, the US hopes the PA will share its “evidence” with Israel, the administration official said when asked about the bullet that has not yet been transferred to Israeli investigators. The PA has refused to hand over the bullet, saying it doesn’t trust Israel.
Meanwhile, the PA announced earlier Thursday that its investigators had concluded the lethal bullet was deliberately fired by an Israeli soldier. PA Attorney General Akram Khatib said at a press conference that forensic evidence indicated Abu Akleh was fatally shot from behind while attempting to run away from sudden bursts of Israeli gunfire. However, he didn’t present the evidence, and Israel immediately rejected the findings.
The IDF is slated to announce the results of its own investigation in the coming days, an Israeli official said, while clarifying that they would likely not be definitive given that the bullet remains in the PA’s possession.