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Israeli forces detain cousin of Ahed Tamimi, extend detention of Ahed and her mother

Dec. 20, 2017 1:53 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 21, 2017 12:52 P.M.)
Nour (left) and Ahed (right) as children during protests in their village of Nabi Saleh
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained the cousin of Palestinian teenage actvist Ahed al-Tamimi during predawn raids on Wednesday in the occupied West Bank.

Locals in the central West Bank village of Nabi Saleh told Ma’an that Israeli forces detained 21-year-old Nour Naji al-Tamimi, the cousin of 17-year-old Ahed al-Tamimi who was detained from her home by Israeli soldiers on Tuesday morning after a video went viral of her slapping an armed Israeli officer during a raid on Nabi Saleh.

Nour, who appeared in the video next to Ahed as the two attempted to push the soldiers out of their property, was reportedly arrested for reasons relating to the video.

Ahed’s mother, Nariman, was also detained on Tuesday after she went to an Israeli police station allegedly in search of information about her daughter’s whereabouts. According to Arabic media, both Ahed and Nariman’s detentions were extended.

Ahed al-Tamimi is well-known across Palestine and the Arab world for videos of her, since her childhood, defiantly resisting Israeli soldiers who clash with Palestinians in her village nearly every week.

Two years ago, her family made headlines when an Israeli soldier violently attempted to arrest her younger brother , who had one arm in a cast at the time. Ahed and her mother manager to pull the soldier of her brother and free him.

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