Palestinian Ahed Tamimi to remain in jail during trial

An Israeli court has ruled to keep a prominent Palestinian teen activist and her mother in custody until the end of their trial.

Ahed Tamimi, 16, was detained last month during an overnight raid on her home in the occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh after a video of the teen slapping and hitting Israeli soldiers went viral. Shortly before, her 15-year-old cousin was severely wounded after Israeli forces shot him point-blank in the face with a rubber bullet.

Her mother, Nariman, and her 20-year-old cousin Nour were arrested soon after.

Earlier in January, Ahed was indicted on 12 charges, including alleged assault, “incitement” and past instances of stone-throwing. Nariman was also indicted on an assault charge and “incitement” for uploading the video on social media.

Nour is charged with allegedly assaulting a soldier and interfering with a soldier’s duties. However, she has since been released on bail.

Ahed’s next hearing is on January 31, the days she turns 17. Nariman and Nour’s next court session will be in February.

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