A Palestinian girl has been sentenced to 13 and half years in prison, a year after she allegedly tried to stab an Israeli soldier with a pair of scissors.
Nurhan Awad, 17, is from the Qalandiya refugee camp in Occupied Jerusalem. She’s currently one of 12 Palestinian girls who are held in Israeli prisons.
The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society said that the prison sentence given to her was the highest penalty issued by the prosecution compared to similar cases.
Nurhan got arrested after she was shot in the chest twice at close range on 23 November 2015 by Israeli forces for allegedly trying to stab an Israeli man with scissors.
She was severely injured after Israeli soldiers shot her.
Her cousin, Hadeel, 14, who accompanied her, was also shot on the spot by Israeli forces. She died soon after.
“The cold-blooded murder of mostly children and teens can’t be explained from a security perspective or basic rules of engagement,” said Hussam Zomlot, co-founder of the Palestine Strategy Group.
Nurhan the latest Palestinian minor to be handed down a severe penalty.
Israeli prosecutors have also sentenced 14-year-old Ahmad Manasra to 12 years in prison after an alleged stabbing last year.
This is while more than 350 Palestinian children are currently in Israeli prisons.