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Israel has released prominent Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi and 29 other prisoners early on Thursday as part of the ongoing temporary truce with Hamas militants in Gaza. Both Israeli and Palestinian officials confirmed this development.

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The Israel Prison Service published a list on its website confirming Tamimi’s release, and a Palestinian official stated she had been held in Damon Prison near Haifa.


Tamimi, now 22, gained international attention in 2017 at the age of 16 when a video of her slapping an Israeli soldier in her West Bank village of Nabi Saleh went viral. Her actions, which came amid protests against Israeli land seizures, led to her arrest and an eight-month prison sentence after she pleaded guilty to charges including assault.


The recent arrest of Tamimi was on suspicion of inciting violence, a claim her mother has disputed, attributing it to a fabricated social media post. Tamimi’s release is part of a broader pattern of arrests and releases linked to the flaring violence in the West Bank amidst the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. Israel has stated that the arrests in the West Bank are partly aimed at preventing attacks.

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This comes as the ongoing truce, which is set to end on Thursday, has seen Israel releasing Palestinians from detention in exchange for the release of some of the 240 hostages taken by Hamas during their attack on southern Israel on October 7.


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