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Israeli soldier charged with manslaughter in shooting of wounded Palestinian knife attacker

Israeli soldier charged with manslaughter in shooting of wounded Palestinian knife attacker

Israel’s military prosecutor on Monday formally charged a young combat medic with manslaughter in the shooting of a Palestinian knife attacker in the West Bank last month, saying that the soldier violated open-fire rules and acted without justification.

The prosecutor accused Sgt. Elor Azariya, whose identity was revealed Monday for the first time, of firing from close range at the head of Abdel Fattah Sharif, who had been lying prone on the ground with multiple bullet wounds for several minutes after the knife attack on an Israeli soldier in Hebron.

“The terrorist… had not carried out another attack and did not constitute an immediate or substantial threat...

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