The Al Jazeera journalist was killed while covering an Israeli military attack in the West Bank city of Jenin on May 11. The Palestinian Authority has refused to hand the bullet to Israel because they could not trust the Israelis to conduct an impartial investigation.
“We will not hand over the bullet that killed Abu Akleh to the occupation, and we have agreed that the Americans will conduct a forensic examination of the bullet,” Khatib told reporters.
The bullet will be examined at the US embassy in Jerusalem, Khatib told CNN. The Palestinians have received “guarantees” from the US that the bullet “would not be delivered to Israel,” he said.
The US embassy did not immediately respond to a request from CNN for comment. Israel Defense Forces said it had no public comment yet.
A forensic examination of the bullet could potentially lead to an official determination as to who killed Abu Akleh.
The Palestinian Authority says there were no militants in the area and an Israeli soldier deliberately attacked her.
Palestinians – along with journalists, human rights activists and other leaders – around the world continue to demand responsibility for her murder.