Herbron shooter testifies: IDF major hit me after firing at Palestinian stabber

July 24, 2016 09:18


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IDF Sgt. Elor Azaria began testifying on Sunday morning in the ongoing manslaughter trial for his shooting of a downed Palestinian terrorist in March.

On stand at the Jaffa Military Court, Azaria raised a new claim, charging that his IDF major has slapped him on the face after shooting stabbing perpetrator Abdel Fatah al-Sharif.

Azaria called for a probe of the major in light of the incident.

While the defense in the long-deliberated case has argued that Azaria acted in self-defense, fearing the terrorist had an explosive device, the prosecution has dismissed the claim, charging that the soldier shot al-Sharif as revenge for stabbing his friend.

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