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Israel Awaits Verdict in Soldier Shooting Case

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Last March, Sergeant Elor Azaria, a 19-year-old Israeli army medic deployed to the West Bank, shot and killed a Palestinian assailant as he lay wounded and motionless on the ground after attempting to stab an Israeli soldier.

The shooting, and the tense moments leading up to it, were captured on video by a Palestinian human rights activist in the city of Hebron. The video footage, distributed to news organisations, ensured that the incident, which came amid a wave of Palestinian stabbings, drew international attention.

Azaria, now 20, was charged with manslaughter and put on trial in a military court, with the verdict due on Wednesday.

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