Israel releases 12-year-old Palestinian child prisoner

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He, however said Dima al-Wawi, a 12-year-old girl, whose case received widespread attention in social and conventional media, was freed after over two months in Israeli detention.

Dima al-Wawi was arrested in early February in possession of a knife outside the West Bank settlement of Karmei Tzur, near Hebron, and sentenced to four and a half months in prison. She surrendered the knife to a security guard at the entrance of the settlement and was arrested without incident.

Al-Wawi pleaded guilty to attempted manslaughter under a plea bargain.

A PLO report released on Palestinian Prisoners' Day on April 17 said there were concerns about whether the girl was forced into confessing as she was not allowed to see her parents or lawyer when she was arrested and interrogated.

The tired and obviously frightened Al-Wawi was warmly welcomed by her family members and Palestinian officials.

The existence of the Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and their expansions are illegal and contradicts with the worldwide law rules, United Nations Security Council Resolutions such as 237 (1967), 271 (1969), 446 (1979), 452 (1979), 465 (1980). "If it were a Jewish girl, she wouldn't stay in prison for even one hour because it is forbidden according to the Israeli law".

Dozens of Palestinian and global journalists and photographers rushed her and tried to get her to make a statement.

Palestine's youngest female prisoner was released from jail today, after being behind bars for 75 days.

Dima al-Wawi is embraced by her father after being released form 75 days in an Israeli prison, Jabara checkpoint, West Bank, April 24, 2016.

Her mother, Umm Rashid, told +972, "I am happy that she was released but am furious about the situation. In Israel they don't treat children the way they treat our children".

The UN in January warned the Israeli authorities against legalizing the four outposts near Jalud, which have been widely acknowledged by the worldwide community and Israel itself as a hotbed for both unlawful settlement activity and settler violence, coming as a detriment to Palestinian locals.

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