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Military court set to hand down sentence for Israeli soldier

  • FILE -- In this January 24, 2017 file photo, Israeli soldier Sgt. Elor Azaria attends a sentencing hearing in the military court surrounded by his family, in Tel Aviv, Israel. The Israeli army said a military court on Tuesday, Feb, 21, 2017,  will sentence a soldier convicted of manslaughter for fatally shooting a wounded Palestinian assailant. Azaria faces a maximum sentence of 20 years, though analysts expect him to receive less than that. (Debbie Hill, Pool via AP, File)

    FILE -- In this January 24, 2017 file photo, Israeli soldier Sgt. Elor Azaria attends a sentencing hearing in the military court surrounded by his family, in Tel Aviv, Israel. The Israeli army said a military court on Tuesday, Feb, 21, 2017, will sentence a soldier convicted of manslaughter for fatally shooting a wounded Palestinian assailant. Azaria faces a maximum sentence of 20 years, though analysts expect him to receive less than that. (Debbie Hill, Pool via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Israeli soldier Elor Azaria arrives at the military court for his sentencing hearing in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. The court sentenced Azaria to 18 months in prison for the fatal shooting of a wounded Palestinian assailant. Prosecutors had asked that Sgt. Elor Azaria be sentenced to 3-5 years in prison. (Jim Hollander, Pool, via AP)

    Israeli soldier Elor Azaria arrives at the military court for his sentencing hearing in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. The court sentenced Azaria to 18 months in prison for the fatal shooting of a wounded Palestinian assailant. Prosecutors had asked that Sgt. Elor Azaria be sentenced to 3-5 years in prison. (Jim Hollander, Pool, via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Israeli soldier Elor Azaria is embraced by his mother at the start of his sentencing hearing in the Israel military court, Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. The court sentenced Azaria to 18 months in prison for the fatal shooting of a wounded Palestinian assailant. Prosecutors had asked that Sgt. Elor Azaria be sentenced to 3-5 years in prison. (Jim Hollander, Pool, via AP)

    Israeli soldier Elor Azaria is embraced by his mother at the start of his sentencing hearing in the Israel military court, Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. The court sentenced Azaria to 18 months in prison for the fatal shooting of a wounded Palestinian assailant. Prosecutors had asked that Sgt. Elor Azaria be sentenced to 3-5 years in prison. (Jim Hollander, Pool, via AP)  (The Associated Press)

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

Prosecutors have asked that Sgt. Elor Azaria be sentenced on Tuesday to 3-5 years in prison. His defense attorneys insist he should be freed.

Last month's conviction deeply divided Israel, where military service is compulsory and support for young soldiers is widespread. Azaria was captured on video fatally shooting the wounded Palestinian attacker in the West Bank last March.

The verdict against Azaria marked a victory for commanders seeking to preserve a code of ethics. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and prominent hard-line politicians have called for the soldier to be pardoned.

Dozens of Azaria's supporters gathered outside the court ahead of the sentencing.