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Trial of Israeli soldier resumes
Tom Hurndall
Tom Hurndall died months after being shot
The trial of an Israeli soldier charged with killing a British student in the Gaza Strip has reopened in Israel.

Tom Hurndall, 22, from Tufnell Park, north London, was shot in April last year while trying to help Palestinian children to safety in Rafah.

Sergeant Taysir Hayb has denied six charges. In court on Wednesday he said he did not aim at Mr Hurndall and he was "sorry to have hit him".

The trial, which first started on 10 May, was adjourned until 16 June.

Mr Hurndall was working alongside the Palestinian rights group, the International Solidarity Movement, when he was shot in the head.

Fluorescent jacket

Palestinian medics and witnesses said Mr Hurndall was wearing a fluorescent jacket with the ISM's initials on it as he tried to pull two Palestinian children out of danger.

He fell into a coma and died nine months later, in January 2004.

Charges faced by the soldier include manslaughter and obstruction of justice.

Mr Hurndall's family says the charge should be murder because he was shot by a rifle with an advanced telescopic lens and was clearly identifiable as a civilian.

But the soldier's lawyers told the court that their client was not guilty and that a confession he signed had been forced from him under duress.

Mr Hurndall's family campaigned for a trial after an initial army inquiry cleared those responsible for the shooting.

The case continues.

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