Hebron shooter says he shot terrorist due to 'serious and immediate danger'

July 24, 2016 11:28


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IDF Sgt. Elor Azaria testified in his manslaughter trail on Sunday that he had shot a downed Palestinian knife attacker on March 24 because he sensed "serious and immediate danger" at the scene.

In line with his original argument, Azaria claimed that he had seen al-Sharif move while he was on the ground and that the terrorist's black coat looked suspicious.Azaria testified that he had yelled for eveyon to stand clear before shooting al-Sharif in the head.

"I had no choice but to shoot the terrorist because I saw there was serious and immediate danger which could kill too many to estimate," he said Sunday.

While the position of al-Sharif's knife has been disputed throughout the ongoings of the trial, Azaria asserted that the weapon was close enough for the terrorist to reached.

"I hesitated before firing, but I saw no choice but to stop either another stabbing or exploding bomb," he stated.

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