Israeli soldier who killed wounded Palestinian attacker loses appeal

Israeli soldier who killed wounded Palestinian attacker loses appeal

Israeli soldier Elor Azaria (C), who shot dead a wounded Palestinian assailant in March 2016, stands next to his mother Oshra (L) and father Charlie - 30 July 2017Image copyright
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Elor Azaria was in court with his parents Oshra and Charlie on Sunday

An Israeli military court has rejected the appeal of a soldier who was jailed for 18 months for killing a wounded Palestinian attacker.

Elor Azaria was found guilty in January of manslaughter for shooting dead Abdul Fatah al-Sharif, 21, in Hebron, in the occupied West Bank, in March 2016.

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

The high-profile case has split opinion across Israel.

Military chiefs condemned his actions, but others praised them.

Azaria had appealed against the verdict, while the prosecution was demanding an increased sentence.