Independent, third-party examiners, working under the direction of the U.S. Security Coordinator (USSC), conducted a very thorough forensic analysis but were unable to determine with certainty where the bullet that killed Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh came from. The bullet, according to ballistic experts, was seriously damaged, making a conclusion impossible.
The USSC was given full access to both the Israeli Defense Forces’ (IDF) and Palestinian Authority’s (PA) investigations over the past few weeks in addition to the forensic and ballistic examination. The USSC came to the conclusion that Shireen Abu Akleh was most likely killed by gunfire coming from IDF positions after summarizing both investigations. The IDF-led military operation against PIC factions in Jenin on May 11, 2022, came after a string of terrorist attacks in Israel, and the USSC found no reason to believe that this was intentional; rather, it was the outcome of tragic circumstances.
The US appreciates and continues to support Israel and the PA’s cooperation in this crucial case. We will continue to discuss the next steps and demand accountability with Israel and the PA. We once more extend to the Abu Akleh family our sincere condolences.