JERUSALEM – The State Department said on Monday that it could not determine the source of a bullet that killed Shireen Abu Akleh, Palestinian-American journalist shot dead in the occupied West Bank in May, but concluded that gunfire from Israeli military positions could be the cause.
According to a statement released by the State Department, the bullet was too damaged to draw any conclusions about the gun it was fired from, but the shots were fired from the position of the Israel Defense Forces. likely to have been the cause of death.”
US officials “found no reason to believe this was intentional but was the result of tragic circumstances during an IDF-led military operation,” the statement said.
Palestinian officials maintain that Ms. Abu Akleh was intentionally killed by an Israeli soldier. The Israeli government cast doubt on it, saying she was hit by an Israeli soldier or a Palestinian gunman.