Sat. Oct 1st, 2022

Jerusalem/Ramallah: Israel announced on Sunday that it would examine a bullet that killed a journalist who was Palestinian-American to determine whether one of its soldiers was responsible. It also announced that a US observer would be present for the procedure, which could produce results in a matter of hours.
The Palestinians said they had been guaranteed that Israel would not participate in the ballistics when they sent the bullet to a US security coordinator on Saturday.

Washington has not yet responded. To commemorate July 4, there is a holiday weekend in the US.

A visit by U.S. President Joe Biden has been overshadowed by the murder of Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh on May 11 during an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank and disputes between the sides on the circumstances.

The Israeli military is accused by the Palestinians of intentionally murdering her. Israel disputes this and claims that Abu Akleh may have been wounded by errant army fire or by one of the Palestinian assailants squaring off against its troops.

“The test won’t be conducted in the United States. The test will be conducted by Israel with American participation “announced Brigadier-General Ran Kochav, spokesperson for the Israeli military.

If it was the Palestinian gunmen or perhaps us who inadvertently murdered her, it will become obvious in the next few days or hours, he said, according to Army Radio. We would accept responsibility and express remorse if we murdered her.

The test would take place in the US Embassy in Jerusalem, according to Akram al-Khatib, general prosecutor for the Palestinian Authority.

Al-Khatib said on Voice of Palestine radio that “we obtained promises from the American coordinator that the examination will be undertaken by them and that the Israeli side will not take part.” He also predicted that the bullet will be returned on Sunday.

“We don’t have anything fresh at this moment,” stated an embassy spokeswoman.

On July 13–16, Biden is anticipated to have separate discussions with the leaders of Israel and the Palestinians. The Abu Akleh case will be Yair Lapid, the incoming Israeli prime minister, a diplomatic and internal test.

Lapid was involved in “handling the arrival and transfer of this bullet,” according to Yoav Segalovitz, the Israeli deputy minister of internal security.

To achieve an unambiguous judgement, a ballistic test involving many experts will take a few days, Segalovitz told Army Radio.

By adele rose

Adele Rose is the senior editor and employee of WGBS Pvt Ltd Digital wing.

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