Elor Azaria Likely to Be Temporarily Released to House Arrest

Frederick Owens
July 17, 2017

Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier Elor Azaria, sentenced to 18 months in prison for the fatal shooting of a disarmed and wounded Palestinian terrorist in Hebron, is to be released from military prison to house arrest as his period of mandatory army service comes to an end and he awaits a decision from the military court of appeals.

Azaria, who was convicted in January and sentenced in February, has been confined to the closed Nachshonim military base since being arrested in March 2016.

He was immediately released from his base holding cell to house arrest, until the appeal of his case is ended.

Sgt Elor Azaria was captured on video fatally shooting a Palestinian who was wounded after stabbing a soldier in the West Bank past year. Next to him stands Charlie Azaria, Elor's father.

More news: Tee times, pairings announced for 146th Open Championship

On March 24, 2016, Azaria, a combat medic, was on patrol in Hebron when he shot in the head Abdel Fattah al-Sharif, a Palestinian assailant who earlier had stabbed an Israeli soldier.

Azaria was demoted to private and sentenced to 18 months in prison.

The defense maintained Azaria felt his life was in danger, saying he thought the terrorist could have been carrying a bomb on his body. His lawyer argued that terrorists have often risen from injuries that appear to be mortal, only to shoot or stab again. He will be required to remain at his parents' home in Ramle in central Israel and can attend Shabbat services in a synagogue on Friday night and Saturday if he is accompanied by a family member. A military court is also due to hear Azaria's appeal against his conviction on July 30. Azaria will not be able to leave the home at any other time.

Other reports by LeisureTravelAid

Discuss This Article