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The Latest: Scuffles erupt outside trial of Israeli soldier

  • Israeli solider Sgt. Elor Azaria waits with his parents for the verdict inside the military court in Tel Aviv, Israel on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. An Israeli military court is set to deliver the verdict in the case of the soldier tried for manslaughter for the death of a wounded Palestinian attacker.  ( Heidi Levine, Pool via AP).

    Israeli solider Sgt. Elor Azaria waits with his parents for the verdict inside the military court in Tel Aviv, Israel on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. An Israeli military court is set to deliver the verdict in the case of the soldier tried for manslaughter for the death of a wounded Palestinian attacker. ( Heidi Levine, Pool via AP).  (The Associated Press)

  • Hardline nationalist supporters of army medic Sgt. Elor Azaria shout slogans in front of Israeli border police, outside the Israeli military court in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. Scuffles erupted outside the courtroom between supporters of Azaria, who was convicted of manslaughter in the deadly shooting of an incapacitated Palestinian attacker, and police officers. The verdict, which marks an extremely rare case of an Israeli military court siding against a soldier over lethal action taken in the field. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

    Hardline nationalist supporters of army medic Sgt. Elor Azaria shout slogans in front of Israeli border police, outside the Israeli military court in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. Scuffles erupted outside the courtroom between supporters of Azaria, who was convicted of manslaughter in the deadly shooting of an incapacitated Palestinian attacker, and police officers. The verdict, which marks an extremely rare case of an Israeli military court siding against a soldier over lethal action taken in the field. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)  (The Associated Press)

  • Hardline nationalist supporters of army medic Sgt. Elor Azaria shout slogans in front of Israeli border police, outside the Israeli military court in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. Scuffles erupted outside the courtroom between supporters of Azaria, who was convicted of manslaughter in the deadly shooting of an incapacitated Palestinian attacker, and police officers. The verdict, which marks an extremely rare case of an Israeli military court siding against a soldier over lethal action taken in the field. Hebrew on placard reads, "Free Elor." (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

    Hardline nationalist supporters of army medic Sgt. Elor Azaria shout slogans in front of Israeli border police, outside the Israeli military court in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. Scuffles erupted outside the courtroom between supporters of Azaria, who was convicted of manslaughter in the deadly shooting of an incapacitated Palestinian attacker, and police officers. The verdict, which marks an extremely rare case of an Israeli military court siding against a soldier over lethal action taken in the field. Hebrew on placard reads, "Free Elor." (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)  (The Associated Press)

The Latest on the trial of an Israeli soldier on charges of manslaughter over the death of a wounded Palestinian attacker (all times local):

11:30 a.m.

Scuffles have erupted outside the courtroom between supporters of an Israeli soldier charged with manslaughter over the death of a wounded Palestinian attacker and police officers.

Hundreds of demonstrators blocked a major Tel Aviv intersection near the courtroom at military headquarters on Wednesday and clashed with police. Journalists covering the demonstration say they were attacked by demonstrators.

A judge has been reading out the court's decision for nearly an hour and a half, but has not yet announced the verdict.

The rare case of an active serviceman being charged has polarized Israel, with defense officials criticizing the soldier's conduct and large segments of the Israeli public rallying behind him. The soldier was caught on video fatally shooting a wounded Palestinian attacker in the West Bank in March.

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10 a.m.

An Israeli military court is set to deliver the verdict in the case of a soldier tried for manslaughter for the death of a wounded Palestinian attacker.

The rare case of an active serviceman being charged has polarized Israel, with defense officials criticizing the soldier's conduct and large segments of the Israeli public rallying behind him. The soldier was caught on video fatally shooting a wounded Palestinian attacker in the West Bank in March.

Dozens of the soldier's supporters gathered outside a military court ahead of a verdict in his case.

The soldier's family members and journalists waited quietly inside the courtroom at the Israeli military's headquarters. A military official asked his family to show restraint during the reading of the verdict.