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Israel Extends Detention of Palestinian Teenager Tamimi

Israel Extends Detention of Palestinian Teenager Tamimi

Monday, 15 January, 2018 - 18:30
Sixteen-year-old Palestinian Ahed Tamimi (2-R) attends a hearing at the Ofer military court in the West Bank on January 15, 2018. (AFP)

A Palestinian court extended for at least two more days on Monday the detention of Palestinian teenager Ahed al-Tamimi for slapping Israeli soldiers.

Tamimi, 16, was filmed in December outside her family home, pushing, kicking and slapping the soldiers, who fended off the blows without retaliating.

Palestinians have hailed her as a hero. The altercation sparked outrage in Israel over what was seen as a humiliating incident for the military.

The military has said she could face up to 14 years in prison. However, the maximum sentence appears unlikely.

She was indicted earlier this month on several counts, including attacking the soldiers.

The European Union had expressed on Friday its concern over Tamimi’s ongoing detention.

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