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Palestinians furious at tepid US findings on journalist's killing

Reactions from the ground are coming in following the results of the ballistic test performed by the United States on the bullet that killed Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.
A portrait of slain Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh.

The family of slain Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, the Palestinian public and leadership, and human rights organizations reacted angrily to the claim by the United States and Israel that the ballistic test of the bullet that killed Abu Akleh did not provide conclusive evidence that Israeli soldiers were behind the act. However, a US statement said that the American-Palestinian was “likely” killed by the Israelis. Without having interviewed any Israeli soldiers, the US statement exonerated Israelis of the premeditated act by saying that if the fatal bullet had come from the Israeli side, then it was "unintentional."

The United States pressured the Palestinian government before the visit of US President Joe Biden to allow them to conduct tests of the bullet along with Israelis, with the promise that Americans would be in the room and the bullet would be returned. It was returned without any damage, although the Americans claim that the bullet itself was damaged and it did not provide “conclusive” proof that it had come from Israel. Palestinian officials have said that the bullet was not damaged.

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