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Court Convicts Israeli Sniper in Death of British Activist

An Israeli military court has convicted a former soldier of manslaughter in the killing of a British activist who was helping Palestinian children take cover during fighting in the Gaza Strip two years ago.

Ex-soldier Taysir al-Hab was found guilty of shooting Tom Hurndall, 22, a member of the pro-Palestinian International Solidarity Movement.

Mr. Hurndall was shot in April 2003 with a sniper rifle equipped with a telescopic site. He was hit while helping Palestinian school children cross a roadway to avoid gunfire during an Israeli military operation in the Palestinian refugee camp at Rafah. He died in a London hospital nine months later, having never come out of a coma.

A three-judge panel also convicted the defendant of obstruction of justice and of giving and soliciting false testimony. No sentencing date has been announced.

Some information for this story provided by AP and Reuters.