Middle East

Protests over Israeli soldier who shot Palestinian attacker

An Israeli soldier is lead in to the Castina Military Court near the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, Israel, Tuesday, March 29, 2016. Amateur video appearing to show an Israeli soldier killing an already wounded Palestinian attacker sparked uproar in Israel on Sunday, reflecting the deep divisions in the country following six months of violence. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

An Israeli soldier is lead in to the Castina Military Court near the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, Israel, Tuesday, March 29, 2016. Amateur video appearing to show an Israeli soldier killing an already wounded Palestinian attacker sparked uproar in Israel on Sunday, reflecting the deep divisions in the country following six months of violence. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)  (The Associated Press)

Hundreds of protesters have rallied outside a court in support of a soldier filmed last week shooting dead a wounded Palestinian attacker in the West Bank, an incident that has proven divisive in Israel, where army service is mandatory.

Protesters, as well as some politicians on the right, criticized Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, who has said the soldier acted inappropriately.

Media reported that the court had extended the soldier's remand on Tuesday. The army declined to comment.

Israelis are split over the incident, which came amid six months of near-daily Palestinian attacks.

Many argue the young soldier fired because he suspected the Palestinian, who had stabbed a soldier before being shot and wounded, may have been reaching for an explosive device.

Others say the Palestinian, who was lying on the ground, was no longer a threat, and that the shooting breached army norms and damaged its image.