Elor Azariya in court
Elor Azariya in court Eliran Aharon

Elimelech Karzan, an ambulance driver who was present at the scene of the incident in Hevron in which Sgt. Elor Azariya shot a wounded terrorist, testified today on Azariya's behalf.

"I felt threatened at the scene," he said. "I parked the ambulance near the terrorist and got out of the car armed with a weapon. The medical team decided to evacuate the injured soldier in my ambulance. Suddenly, I noticed that the terrorist was moving."

He added: "At this point, I was apprehensive that the terrorist would activate an explosives belt or pull out a weapon, because he was wearing a closed-up coat on a hot day, and it was suspicious[...]

"Everyone started yelling: 'He has an explosives belt on!' and it was frightening. I was then very apprehensive about the terrorist. I got back in my ambulance and drove from the scene, and suddenly I heard shooting[...] It was clear to me that they had neutralized the terrorist."

In his cross-examination, the Prosecutor asked Karzan repeatedly about his feeling of fear at the scene, and Karzan replied that it had indeed existed, in light of how events had unfolded at the scene.

The testimony is part of a string of testimonies from commanders and expert witnesses who are to take the stand in the coming days in favor of Azariya.