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Israel indicted this Palestinian teen activist after a video was released


Israel has charged a Palestinian teen activist with assault after a video emerged of her punching and kicking an Israeli soldier.

Ahed Tamimi, a 16-year-old who has been notorious for her activism against Israeli occupation forces since age 12, confronted the soldiers after they shot her cousin in the face with a rubber bullet. The 15-year-old boy is still in the hospital after an induced coma, according to Ahed's father Bassem.

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Ahed Tamimi is brought to a courtroom inside Ofer military prison near Jerusalem. She was arrested last week by Israeli troops and faces charges of attacking soldiers.

Ahed's mother Nariman, as well as Ahed's 20-year-old cousin Nour, were also arrested after appearing in the video.

In a military court near Ramallah on Monday, Ahed received 12 charges, including assaulting an Israeli soldier, interfering with a soldier's duties, and charges of stone-throwing on two past occasions.

Stone-throwing is an accusation often leveled against Palestinian children. According to prisoners' rights organization Addameer, stone-throwing is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

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A Palestinian boy hurls a stone at Israeli border police during a protest. The Israeli military detains about 700 Palestinian children a year for stone-throwing.

Every year, about 700 Palestinian children are arrested, interrogated, detained, and prosecuted. Often children are held in the same prisons as adults.

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