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Israel unhappy with US finger-pointing in light of damaged Abu Akleh bullet

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

Israel is frustrated with the US conclusion that IDF troops were likely responsible for the killing of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh during a raid of the West Bank city of Jenin last May, two officials familiar with the matter tell The Times of Israel.

The State Department announced in an earlier statement that its ballistic analysis of the bullet that struck Abu Akleh was inconclusive but that the review of the US Security Coordinator in Jerusalem of both Israeli and Palestinian Authority probes led him to believe that the lethal gunfire likely came from IDF positions.

The US notified Israel and the PA ahead of time that it would be announcing these conclusions, but Israeli officials officials pushed back on the decision to suggest that the IDF was likely responsible given that the bullet was too damaged for the security coordinator to reach a definitive conclusion, an official tells The Times of Israel.

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