Israeli soldier Elor Azaria (R), who was caught on video shooting a wounded Palestinian assailant in the head as he lay on the ground, is comforted by his mother during a hearing at a military court in Tel Aviv on May 9, 2016. AFP / JACK GUEZ
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The politically charged trial began Monday of an Israeli soldier accused of shooting dead a wounded Palestinian assailant as he lay on the ground.In a video that was widely circulated following the incident, the Palestinian Abdul Fatah al-Sharif is shown lying on the ground along with another man after being shot and wounded. He had minutes earlier allegedly stabbed and moderately wounded a soldier, according to the army.Monday's hearing lasted only an hour, with the judges agreeing to a defense request for more time to prepare the case.According to Israeli NGO Yesh Din, since 2000 there have been 262 military investigations into Palestinian fatalities, with 22 soldiers charged with offences relating to deaths.
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