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Israeli Soldier Filmed Killing Palestinian Released from Prison

Israeli soldier Elor Azaria, shown with his mother here, was filmed shooting dead a Palestinian in Hebron in 2016. PHOTO: Reuters

Elor Azaria was released from Israeli prison after serving nine months for shooting dead an injured Palestinian in 2016.

8 May 2018

AL JAZEERA — An Israeli soldier convicted of manslaughter for shooting dead an injured Palestinian was freed from prison on Tuesday, the army said, after spending nine months behind bars.

Elor Azaria was initially sentenced to 18 months in prison for the killing of Abdul Fatah al-Sharif in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron in March 2016. He began serving his sentence on August 9.

The army’s chief of staff, Gadi Eisenkot, later reduced the term by four months. Moreover, Israeli prisoners often have their sentences reduced by one third for good behaviour.

The army had previously said that Azaria, 21, was due to be released from the Tzrifim military prison near Tel Aviv on May 10.

According to Israeli media, he was freed two days early to allow him to attend his brother’s wedding on Wednesday. […]

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