An Israeli soldier who shot dead a wounded Palestinian attacker has been freed from jail after serving nine months of a 14-month manslaughter sentence. Palestinian groups say Elor Azaria’s early release promotes a culture of killing and bloodshed.
An elite Israeli unit has carried out an attack in the Gaza Strip, killing a senior Hamas military commander. The raid left one Israeli soldier dead and threatens to escalate conflict between the two sides.
A botched Israeli raid has resulted in the worst escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip since a 2014 war between Israel and Hamas. Unrest at the Gaza-Israel border had been calmer in recent weeks.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has denied a request to pardon Elor Azaria, who is currently serving an 18-month prison sentence. Azaria was convicted of manslaughter after killing a wounded Palestinian attacker.
The Israeli defense minister said a crippling strike against the Gaza-ruling Islamist group is the only way to reduce violence. With a growing army presence near the Israeli-Gaza border, that option is becoming likely.
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