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Amnesty calls for global pressure on Netanyahu to release Ahed Tamimi

Palestinian teen activist Ahed Tamimi enters a military courtroom at Ofer Prison, near the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, January 15, 2018. (Photos by Reuters)

Amnesty International has called on the global community to pressure Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu into releasing Palestinian teen activist Ahed Tamimi.

"There is nothing Ahed Tamimi has done that can justify the continuing detention of a 16-year-old child. She is one of approximately 350 Palestinian children held in Israeli prisons and detention centers," said the rights group in an urgent appeal released on Wednesday.

Amnesty added that during her detention she has faced aggressive night time interrogations and threats made against her family and friends.

The group went on to call on the global community to insure that other Palestinian children are not subjected to such imprisonments.  

Ahed became the latest face of Palestinian resistance when footage emerged of her slapping one and then another fully-armed Israeli officer in the face during a protest in her home village of Nabi Saleh, near the Palestinian city of Ramallah.

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Israeli forces had earlier shot her cousin in the face. During a confrontation that reportedly erupted over that shooting, Ahed, recognizable since young age by her blond curly hair as well as her courageous posture, slapped and kicked two Israeli forces while protesting.

People rally in support of detained Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi during a demonstration in Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan, New York, U.S. January 5, 2018.

Faced with embarrassment as that video went viral, Israelis decided to arrest Ahed. They went on to take her into custody last month. According to some accounts, 20 Israeli army Jeeps arrived at Ahed's house before dawn to arrest her.

Ahed was arrested on December 15 along with her mother, Nariman, who has been nabbed five times before, including for filming her children and other youths protesting against Israel.

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