Trial opens of Israeli soldier who killed wounded Palestinian

May 9, 2016 11:46 AM

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Trial opens of Israeli soldier who killed wounded Palestinian

JAFFA, Israel An Israeli soldier who shot and killed a wounded Palestinian assailant went on trial on manslaughter charges on Monday in a rare case that focuses on allegations of excessive use of force in confronting Palestinian attacks.

A majority of Israelis do not want a court-martial to take place, according to an opinion poll taken shortly after Sergeant Elor Azaria was arrested in March. Palestinian officials have called the soldier's action cold-blooded murder.

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