Israel frees youngest Palestinian prisoner

HEBRON, West Bank (AP) — Israel’s prison service says a 12-year-old Palestinian girl, imprisoned after she confessed to planning a stabbing attack in a West Bank settlement, has been freed.

Spokesman Assaf Librati said the girl was released Sunday and was going to her home in a village near Hebron in the West Bank.

She is believed to be the youngest female Palestinian ever imprisoned.

Her case put Israel’s military justice system in a tough spot. It came amid seven months of near-daily Palestinian attacks against Israeli civilians and soldiers.

According to court documents, the girl was caught with a knife as she approached an Israeli settlement in February.

She later pleaded guilty to attempted manslaughter in a plea bargain and was sentenced to 4½ months in prison. She was freed early after an appeal.

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