Israeli commandos kill Palestinian gunman blamed for West Bank ambush

A boy wanders through the Israeli-bombed Shejaiya quarter of Gaza City October 2014

A boy wanders through the Israeli-bombed Shejaiya quarter of Gaza City October 2014

An Israeli military court has denied bail for a 16-year-old Palestinian girl, ordering her held until her trial on charges that she slapped and pushed two Israeli soldiers. She is facing up to 12 years in prison.

"The gravity of the offenses of which she is accused does not allow an alternative to custody", the judge wrote in his decision.

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the Palestinians targeted in Jenin belonged to a Hamas cell that killed Rabbi Raziel Shevah, a West Bank settler, in a drive-by shooting on January 9 and attempted a previous attack.

Along with members of her family, al-Tamimi's court session was attended by several foreign diplomats and human rights activists.

On 15 December, Ahed and her family were peacefully protesting the United States administration's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel when Ahed's 14-year-old cousin Mohammed was shot in the head by an Israeli soldier at close range.

In 2012, Istanbul's Basaksehir Municipality granted her the prestigious Hanzala Courage Award for defying Israeli soldiers who had just arrested her brother.

On Monday, Amnesty International released a statement calling for the Israeli authorities to release Tamimi.

"For this offense, she, not the soldier who shot a child, was dragged off to detention in the middle of the night by Israeli troops".

Calling for Tamimi's release, Amnesty said on Monday that nothing Tamimi had done against armed soldiers wearing protective gear "can justify the continuing detention of a 16-year-old girl".

An Israeli army spokesman did not return multiple requests for comment.

A video of the encounter shows Tamimi slapping an officer and punching a soldier next to him in the face. The two have remained under arrest since then.

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