Early release

Israel frees 12-year-old girl, youngest Palestinian prisoner

The parents of Palestinian Dima al-Wawi, 12 greet her upon her release from Israeli prison on April 24, 2016. (JAAFAR ASHTIYEH/AFP/Getty Images)

A 12-year-old Palestinian girl was returned home to her parents on Sunday after she spent more than a month imprisoned by Israeli authorities. Dima al-Wawi was welcomed home by about 80 family members in the village of Halhoul, near the West Bank city of Hebron, which has been a hotbed of violence in recent months. The girl is believed to be the youngest Palestinian ever imprisoned by Israel in the ongoing conflict between the two sides. In February, al-Wawi was captured near the West Bank settlement of Carmei Tsur, a Jewish community, with a knife hidden beneath her school uniform. She was stopped by a security guard and amateur video showed her admitting that she had gone there to kill Jews. She pleaded guilty to attempted manslaughter and was given a 4-and-a-half-month prison sentence, but was released early following a successful appeal.

On Sunday, news photographers captured al-Wawi being reunited with her mother and father. “I am happy to be out. Prison is bad,” al-Wawi told The Associated Press in an interview. “During my time in prison I missed my classmates and my friends and family.”

Read the full story at ABC News.

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