Fourteen-year-old Palestinian, Nuran Mahmoud Al-Balboul, was released from an Israeli jail after being detained for three months.
Nuran was detained on April 13 at the 300 Checkpoint at the northern entrance to Bethlehem for allegedly carrying a knife in her schoolbag.
Lawyer, Abeer Bakr, said Nuraan’s early release came after the Israeli Central Court accepted an appeal presented by the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs.
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The committee said in a statement that Nuran was detained for having an argument with a female soldier while trying to enter Jerusalem with her aunt. It added that she was assaulted by soldiers who detained her, adamantly refuting the claim that she had a knife in her possession.
Nuran’s mother and family members welcomed her at a checkpoint near the village of Beit Sira west of Ramallah following her release.
Just two months after Nuran’s detention, her brothers, Muhammad and Mahmoud, were also detained and are still being held by Israel. The brothers have since declared a hunger strike to protest against their administrative detention.
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The three are the children of Ahmad al-Balboul, a prominent leader in Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, who was shot dead along with three other Palestinians, by undercover Israeli forces in March 2008.
According to figures obtained by Haaretz from the Israel Prison Service, the number of Palestinian minors imprisoned for ‘security-related offenses’ rose from 170 last September to 438 in February, following the outbreak of the third Palestinian Intifada across the occupied Palestinian territory since October.
(PC, MEMO, MA’AN)