24 senators demand an American role in the investigation into the killing of Abu Aqla

Twenty-four members of the US Senate on Thursday urged President Joe Biden to ensure a direct US role in the investigation into the killing of journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh while she was covering an Israeli raid on Jenin in the occupied West Bank last month.

The group, made up of two Democrats and independents, called for a “comprehensive, transparent, and US-sponsored investigation” into the May 11 shooting and killing of Palestinian-American Shireen Abu Aqleh in the city of Jenin.

“It is clear that the two parties on the ground do not trust each other to conduct an independent and impartial investigation,” the lawmakers, led by Senator Chris Van Hollen, wrote in a letter to Biden, who is due to visit Israel in July.

“Therefore, at this point, we believe that the only way to achieve this is for the United States to be directly involved,” the letter added.

The White House and the Israeli embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The Palestinian Authority said in late May that its investigations showed that Shirin was shot by an Israeli soldier in what it described as premeditated murder.

Israel rejected the accusation and said it was “continuing its own investigations”.

The Israeli army previously said that “Shirin may have been hit by the fatal bullet accidentally by one of its soldiers or by a Palestinian gunman in an exchange of fire.”

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