Israeli soldier who killed wounded Palestinian gets 18 months in prison

Elor Azaria, centre, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for killing a Palestinian man in Hebron CREDIT: MIRIAM ALSTER-JINIPIXPHOTOGRAPH BY XINHUA / BARCROFT IMAGES

BBC – An Israeli soldier who killed a wounded Palestinian attacker in a high-profile case that split opinion across the country has been jailed for 18 months.

Elor Azaria was found guilty of manslaughter for shooting dead 21-year-old Abdul Fatah al-Sharif in Hebron, in the occupied West Bank, last March.

Azaria had told a colleague that Sharif, who had stabbed another soldier, “deserved to die”.

Military chiefs condemned his actions, but others praised them.

The case fuelled debate in Israel over when and how soldiers are entitled to use lethal force against attackers.

The shooting occurred amid a wave of attacks by Palestinians that had killed 29 Israelis over the preceding five months.

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