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Israel sentences wounded Palestinian woman to 3 years in prison for attempted stabbing

Nov. 27, 2016 7:48 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 28, 2016 11:37 A.M.)
HEBRON (Ma’an) -- An Israeli military court sentenced a wounded Palestinian woman to three years in prison for attempting to carry out a stabbing attack nearly a year earlier in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) reported on Sunday evening.

According to PPS lawyer of Akram Samara, the Ofer military court sentenced Abla al-Adam, 45, after convicting her of attempting to stab an Israeli soldier on Dec. 20, 2015 in the Old City of Hebron.

Samara added that al-Adam, a mother of nine, was shot in the head with a rubber-coated steel bullet and seriously injured during the stabbing attempt, and has since undergone several surgeries in the Hadassah medical center before being transferred to the HaSharon prison.

According to prisoners rights group Addameer, 7,000 Palestinians were detained by Israel as of October, 64 of whom were women.

Al-Adam’s sentencing came as the Palestinian Prisoners’ Center for Studies (PPCS) released a report on Sunday denouncing the use of violence and torture against female Palestinian prisoners in Israeli custody.

The center added that injured and sick Palestinian female prisoners were facing deliberate medical negligence, and that the Israel Prison Service (IPS) didn’t provide the detainees access to gynecologists or most medicines.

PPCS estimated that more than 15,000 Palestinian women had been detained by Israel since the beginning of the occupation, and that Israel had detained 1,600 women since the beginning of a wave of unrest in October 2015.
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