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Republican senators call on FBI for shutdown probe into Abu Akleh killing

December 21, 2022 at 9:31 am

People gather to protest the killing of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. [Raşid Necati Aslım/Anadolu Agency]

Eight Republican Senators in the US have penned a letter to the FBI and Department of Justice (DoJ) to cease their investigation into the killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.

The eight lawmakers suggest that the probe could negatively affect US-Israel ties.

“This misguided investigation into the IDF [Israeli military], which the DOJ and FBI have no jurisdiction over, must be closed immediately before further harm comes to our bilateral relationship with Israel,” reads the letter.

It also said that the Israeli military had completed an investigation into the killing and found they could not determine the source of the gunfire.

The veteran Al Jazeera reporter was shot dead by Israeli forces while on assignment covering Israeli raids in the Jenin area in the occupied West Bank in May.

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