Israel releases 14-year-old Palestinian girl from prison

Fourteen-year-old Palestinian Nuran Mahmoud Al-Balboul was released from an Israeli jail yesterday after being detained for three months.

Nuran was detained on 13 April at the 300 Checkpoint at the northern entrance to Bethlehem for allegedly carrying a knife in her schoolbag.

Lawyer Abeer Bakr said that the release came after the Israeli Central Court accepted an appeal presented by the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs for Nuran’s early release.

The committee said in a statement that Nuran was assaulted by soldiers when they detained her, and adamantly refuted the claim that she had a knife in her possession, saying that she was in fact detained for having an argument with a female soldier while trying to enter Jerusalem with her aunt.

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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