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Haunted face of a 12-year-old girl broken by jail: Youngest Palestinian to be imprisoned by Israel is freed after being locked up for two months for carrying a knife near a Jewish settlement

  • Dima al-Wawi, 12, was arrested in February near a Jewish settlement 
  • She pleaded guilty to attempted murder having been arrested with a knife
  • Following a plea agreement, Dima was today returned to Palestine territory 
  • She is believed to have been the youngest jailed Palestinian in Israel  

Israel has released a 12-year-old Palestinian girl who had been jailed after she was arrested near an Jewish settlement armed with a knife.

Dima al-Wawi spent more than two months in prison following the attempted stabbing attack.

The youngster was handed over to Palestinian authorities at Tulkarem crossing point into the northern West Bank.


She was to travel from there to her family home near Hebron in the south of the territory.

She was arrested, wearing her school uniform, on February 9 at the entrance to a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank and found to be carrying a knife.

A wave of Palestinian knife, gun or car-ramming attacks has left 28 Israelis dead since last October, with 201 Palestinians killed over the same period, most of them while carrying out attacks.

Under a plea bargain with Israeli military prosecutors, Wawi pleaded guilty to attempted murder and possession of a knife and was sentenced to four months in an Israeli prison and a further six-week suspended sentence.

‘She is the youngest



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