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Palestinian teenager vows to continue anti-Israel struggle

Palestinian teenager vows to continue anti-Israel struggle

Israel's prison service says it has released Palestinian protest icon Ahed Tamimi.

Tamimi's supporters see a courageous girl who struck two armed soldiers in frustration after having just learned that Israeli troops seriously wounded a 15-year-old cousin, shooting him in the head from close range with a rubber bullet during nearby stone-throwing clashes. In the days after her release, Ahed will give interviews every day for one hour to all media outlets.

An Israeli police spokesperson did not return a call for comment.

Under the terms of a March plea bargain, Ahed admitted to aggravated assault against an IDF soldier, incitement to violence and disrupting soldiers on two other occasions.

Her father, Bassem Tamimi, said he expects her to take a lead in the struggle against Israeli occupation but she is also weighing college options. Tamimi's mother, Nariman Tamimi, was also released.

Ahed Tamimi hugs her mother. Women are a key part of the Palestinian struggle for freedom, and the women's role will continue to expand, not only in the struggle but by producing new generations that can continue the struggle.

Ahed's incarceration has drawn attention from around the globe, highlighting the teen's image as a Palestinian icon.

In Nabi Saleh, supporters welcomed Ahed home with Palestinian flags planted on the roof of her home.

Lasky also mentioned that despite her age, Tamimi was interrogated simultaneously by two men, without the presence of a female officer in the room or an interrogator specialised in questioning minors.

Tamimi says jail time taught her many things including how to convey a message for her country. She was dropped off early Sunday at the Rantis checkpoint in the central West Bank.

But for Israelis, Tamimi is being used by her activist family as a pawn in staged provocations.

Israel's prison service said it released Ahed Tamimi on Sunday morning after serving nearly eight months in prison for assaulting Israeli soldiers.

Following their release, the Tamimis will hold a press conference (at 4pm local time) accompanied by other members of their family.

Tamimi was decked in black for the occasion - from her T-shirt and leggings down to her nail polish. There, Ahed briefly thanked her supporters and immediately went in the direction of the home of Izz a-Din Tamimi, who was killed a month and a half ago during a raid on the village.

But immediately after concluding the niceties, she began reciting a laundry list of messages she wanted to send to the Palestinian public as well as the global community. In the coming week she is expected to visit the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, which is at risk of demolition by the Israeli authorities.

Israel captured and occupied the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem in the 1967 war with Jordan, Egypt and Syria.

Tamimi spoke cautiously. At one point, she raised her fist in the air and said that "the occupation must leave", but did not commit to political activism.

"I have chose to study law and focus on holding the occupation accountable", Tamimi gushed.

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"I will continue this path and I hope everyone will", she said.