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Blinken told Lapid US still wants to see accountability for killing of Abu Akleh — report

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, left, and Israel's Foreign Minister Yair Lapid walk together after a news conference, March 27, 2022, at Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, left, and Israel's Foreign Minister Yair Lapid walk together after a news conference, March 27, 2022, at Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid in a phone call yesterday that while the State Department found the IDF did not intentionally kill Shireen Abu Akleh, it still wants to see accountability for the incident, Axios reports

A forensic examination of the bullet used to kill Abu Akleh by the US Security Coordinator in Jerusalem found that it was too damaged to make a definitive determination. However, after reviewing both Israeli and PA probes, the USSC said Monday that the lethal gunfire likely originated from an IDF position.

While Israel was not pleased with the latter conclusion, it had assumed the issue was done with, Israeli officials told Axios.

But that appeared not to be the case as Blinken still raised the matter in his call with Lapid, during which he also congratulated him on becoming prime minister.

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