JERUSALEM (AP) — The Palestinian Authority on Saturday mentioned it has given the bullet that killed Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh to American forensic consultants, taking a step towards resolving a standoff with Israel over the investigation into her demise.

The announcement got here simply over every week earlier than President Joe Biden is to go to Israel and the occupied West Financial institution for conferences with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. It signaled that either side could also be working to discover a resolution to the impasse.

Abu Akleh, a veteran correspondent who was well known all through the Arab world, was fatally shot whereas overlaying an Israeli army raid on Might 11 within the Jenin refugee camp within the occupied West Financial institution.

The Palestinians, together with Abu Akleh’s colleagues who had been together with her on the time, say she was killed by Israeli fire. The Israeli military says that she was caught within the crossfire of a battle with Palestinian gunmen, and that it’s not possible to find out which facet killed her with out analyzing the bullet.

Israel says it has identified the rifle which will have shot her, however that it can’t draw any conclusions until it’s in comparison with the bullet. The Palestinians have refused to show over the bullet, saying they don’t belief Israel. Rights teams say Israel has a poor file investigating shootings of Palestinians by its troops, with probes languishing for months or years earlier than they’re quietly closed.

The Palestinian lawyer normal, Akram al-Khateeb, mentioned the bullet was given to U.S. consultants “for technical work.”

He reiterated the Palestinian refusal to share the bullet with the Israelis however mentioned the Palestinians welcome the participation of any worldwide our bodies to “assist us affirm the reality.”

“We’re assured and sure of our investigations and the outcomes we now have reached,” he mentioned.

It was not instantly clear what the American consultants may uncover with out additionally learning the Israeli weapon. It additionally was not clear whether or not Israel would flip over the rifle to the Individuals. The Israeli army declined remark, and U.S. Embassy’s Workplace of Palestinian Affairs mentioned it had “no new data to supply.”

A Palestinian official, talking on situation of anonymity as a result of he was discussing a diplomatic matter, mentioned the difficulty was raised in a telephone name between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Secretary of State Antony Blinken and that either side hope to resolve the difficulty earlier than Biden’s arrival on July 13.

An AP reconstruction of events has lent assist to eyewitnesses who say she was shot by Israeli troops. However a weapons professional interviewed by the AP as a part of the reconstruction mentioned that it was not possible to succeed in a conclusive discovering with out additional forensic evaluation. Israeli leaders have repeatedly mentioned that troopers didn’t deliberately goal her.

Abu Akleh, who was 51, was a broadly recognized and revered on-air correspondent who rose to fame twenty years in the past throughout the second Palestinian intifada, or rebellion, in opposition to Israeli rule. She documented the tough realities of life below Israeli army rule — now effectively into its sixth decade ad infinitum — for viewers throughout the Arab world.

Israeli police drew widespread criticism from world wide once they beat mourners and pallbearers at her funeral in Jerusalem on Might 14. An Israeli newspaper final month reported {that a} police investigation found wrongdoing by a few of its officers, however mentioned those that supervised the occasion is not going to be critically punished.

Jenin has lengthy been a bastion of Palestinian militants, and a number of other latest assaults inside Israel have been carried out by younger males from in and across the city. Israel often carries out army raids in Jenin, which it says are aimed toward arresting militants and stopping extra assaults.

Israel captured the West Financial institution within the 1967 Mideast conflict and has constructed settlements the place practically 500,000 Israelis dwell alongside practically 3 million Palestinians. The Palestinians need the territory to type the principle a part of a future state. Peace talks broke down greater than a decade in the past, and with Israel now in a brand new election marketing campaign, they’re unlikely to renew anytime quickly. The caretaker prime minister, Yair Lapid, helps a two-state resolution with the Palestinians, however right-wing events that oppose Palestinian statehood seem positioned to dominate the election.

Related Press author Fares Akram in Gaza Metropolis, Gaza Strip, contributed to this report.