US says Israeli military gunfire 'likely responsible' for Shireen Abu Akleh's death but examination of bullet inconclusive
A woman holds a photograph of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh during a rally in the Plaza de las Provincias, on May 15, 2022, in Madrid, Spain.
“We again offer our deepest condolences to the Abu Akleh family,” he said.
“Ballistic experts determined the bullet was badly damaged, which prevented a clear conclusion,” Price said.
The Palestinian Public Prosecutor said Monday it was “not true” that the bullet was severely damaged.
The US embassy in Jerusalem told CNN earlier Monday it had no additional comment on exactly who was examining the bullet.
CNN is among at least five media outlets that conducted investigations that suggest the shot was fired from a position where Israeli troops were located.
None of the investigations found any evidence of Palestinian militants near Abu Akleh when she was shot, or of militants who had a direct line of fire towards her.
A United Nations Human Rights Office investigation reached the same conclusions as the journalistic investigations.
Two dozen US senators called last month for direct US involvement in the investigation into Abu Akleh’s killing.
The family previously said they had not been informed that the bullet was being turned over to US officials.
Palestinian officials made the bullet available to US authorities on Saturday.
PA Justice Minister Mohammad Al-Shalaldeh told Al Jazeera on Sunday night that US officials had returned the bullet.