Elor Azariya released from prison

Former IDF soldier convicted of manslaughter after shooting wounded Arab terrorist released from prison.

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Kobi Finkler , | updated: 7:56 AM

Elor and his father
Elor and his father
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Imprisoned former IDF soldier Elor Azariya was released from prison on Tuesday morning.

Azariya, who had been scheduled to finish serving his sentence this Thursday, asked to be released earlier ahead of his brother Adir's wedding, which will take place on Wednesday. Banners welcoming his release were hung outside Azariya’s home in Ramle.

Azariya was convicted of manslaughter in January 2017 for the shooting death of a wounded Arab terrorist suspected of wearing a suicide vest, after the Arab carried out a terror attack Hevron that left one soldier wounded during the Purim holiday in March of 2016.

In February of 2017, an IDF court sentenced Azariya to 18 months in prison. That sentence was reduced, however, after Azariya’s legal defense team appealed to IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot, who slashed four months from the prison sentence.