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Palestinian Ahed Tamimi freed from jail

Palestinian Ahed Tamimi freed from jail

Tamimi, who was already prominent due to her defiance of Israeli soldiers, swiftly became a symbol of the protest movement against Israeli occupation of the West Bank.

Palestinian protest icon Ahed Tamimi returned home to a hero's welcome in her West Bank village on Sunday after Israel released the 17-year-old from prison at the end of her eight-month sentence for slapping and kicking Israeli soldiers.

"From this martyr's house, I say: resistance is continuing until the occupation is removed", she told reporters after her release, wearing the trademark Palestinian keffiyeh scarf.

Saleh Higazi, head of Amnesty International's Jerusalem office, said Ahed had served an "unjust sentence based on the ridiculous premise that she posed a threat to armed and heavily protected soldiers".

Ahed al-Tamimi exits an armored military vehicle following her release from an Israeli prison on Sunday.

Israelis saw the incident, which Tamimi's mother relayed live on Facebook, as a staged provocation.

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Ahed Tamimi (17) and her mother, Nariman Tamimi, were greeted with banners, cheers and Palestinian flags as they entered their home village of Nabi Saleh in the West Bank. "I salute everyone who supported me and my case". She was arrested in December and tried in an Israeli military court on charges including assault, stone-throwing and incitement to violence.

From her home, Ahed headed for a visit to the grave of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

On Thursday, a visiting artist completed a massive mural paying tribute to Tamimi on the Palestinian side of the West Bank separation barrier in Bethlehem.

According to an Israeli police statement, the three were arrested "on suspicion of damaging and vandalising the security fence in the Bethlehem area".

Ahed will be released along with her mother Nariman at the Jabara checkpoint near the Palestinian city of Tulkarem. Her case has trained a spotlight on the detention of Palestinian minors by Israel, a practice that has been criticized by worldwide rights groups.

They are being transferred by the army to the Palestinians territories.