Trial starts for Israeli soldier in killing of Palestinian
Israeli soldiers gather at the scene where a Palestinian, who Israeli military said tried to stab soldiers, was shot dead by Israeli forces at Beit El checkpoint near Ramallah - REUTERS
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JAFFA, Israel: The trial of an Israeli soldier charged with manslaughter after he was caught on video fatally shooting a wounded Palestinian attacker in the West Bank has started before a military court in the coastal city of Jaffa.

The case has divided Israel, with defense officials criticizing the soldier’s conduct and large segments of the Israeli public rallying behind him.

Sgt. Elor Azaria sat on a bench inside the courtroom as the proceedings began on Monday morning as his mother wrapped her arms around him to comfort him.

In the March incident, two Palestinians had been shot while carrying out a stabbing attack that wounded an Israeli soldier. A video later released by an Israeli rights group shows one of the attackers still alive and Azaria firing at his head.

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