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UPDATED: A military court on Thursday extended by an additional five days the remand of a 16-year-old Palestinian girl who was filmed slapping IDF soldiers.

Ahed Tamimi’s mother, Nariman, who was also featured in the widely shared video, was similarly remanded until Monday. The military court judge ordered that Ahed’s cousin Nour — the third family member seen in the video — be released, but approved a 48-hour delay of that order to allow the Military Advocate General to file an appeal.

The MAG, who requested longer remands for Ahed, Nour and Nariman, said that the prosecution intends to file indictments against all three.

Regarding Ahed’s case, the MAG cited a number of incidents that he said his office was taking into account in formulating an indictment against the 16-year-old that will be announced next week. In several instances over the past two years, Ahed Tamimi was alleged to have thrown rocks at soldiers, assaulted them, spit at them, and obstructed them from carrying out an arrest.

Palestinian activist hed Tamimi (C), 16, appears at a military court at the Israeli-run Ofer prison in the West Bank village of Betunia on December 28, 2017 (AFP PHOTO / Ahmad GHARABLI)
Palestinian activist hed Tamimi (C), 16, appears at a military court at the Israeli-run Ofer prison in the West Bank village of Betunia on December 28, 2017 (AFP PHOTO / Ahmad GHARABLI)

Footage from the December 15 encounter in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh shows Ahed and Nour approaching two Israeli soldiers, before shoving, kicking and slapping them, while filming on their mobile phones. Then Nariman arrives and begins pushing the soldiers herself.

The armed servicemen did not respond in the face of what appeared to be an attempt to provoke them into reacting violently.

Ahed, the primary suspect in the case, is suspected of “assaulting a soldier, harming the security of the area, incitement, and other felonies,” according to court documents.

In her version of the incident, shared in front of the court during a hearing last month, Ahed said that the same soldiers featured in the video had shot her cousin in the head with a rubber bullet an hour prior to the filmed encounter. “Then I saw the same soldiers who hit my cousin, this time in front of my house. I could not keep quiet and I responded as I did,” she testified.

Photos of Ahed’s cousin Muhammad Tamimi have been widely shared on Palestinian social media, showing the young boy’s face badly bruised and scarred. The Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported that he was in an induced coma due to the injuries, but has since woken up and has apparently been discharged from the hospital.

Ahed first appeared before the Ofer Military Court on December 19. Explaining her decision to remand her at the time, Judge Lidor Drachman said that while she did not pose any danger, concern that the teen would try to obstruct the investigation justified keeping her locked up.

Nabi Saleh — 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of Ramallah — has been a frequent staging ground for clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians, specifically members of the Tamimi family, which has a history of involvement in highly publicized clashes with the IDF.

In August 2015, a soldier was caught on film trying to arrest Ahed’s 12-year-old brother Muhammad Tamimi, who had been throwing rocks during a violent protest.

In 2012, Ahed gained fame among Palestinian activists for an incident in which she led a group of children, including her younger brother, in arguing with Israeli soldiers. In a video of the incident, she can be seen repeatedly raising her balled fist at a soldier, poised to hit him, but never actually doing so.

Video of the December 15 incident were widely picked up by Israeli media — which often accuse Palestinian protesters of seeking to provoke the army into on-film responses — and international press.

Some Israeli politicians hailed the restraint of the soldiers as evidence of the military’s values, while others called for tough responses in the face of the seeming humiliation.

Palestinians on social media criticized Ahed’s arrest in the middle of the night, and have asserted it is the people’s right to resist military occupation.

Earlier: A military court extendeds the remand of 16-year-old Palestinian Ahed Tamimi, who was filmed slapping IDF soldiers, by an additional week.

Footage from the December 15 encounter in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh shows Tamimi and her cousin Nour Tamimi approaching two Israeli soldiers, before shoving, kicking and slapping them, while filming on their mobile phones. They then move backwards after Nariman arrives and begins pushing the soldiers, herself.

The armed soldiers did not respond in the face of what appeared to be an attempt to provoke them.

Ahed has been accused of “assaulting a soldier, harming the security of the area, incitement, and other felonies,” according to court documents.

In her version of the incident, shared in front of the court during a hearing last week, Ahed said that the same soldiers featured in the video had shot her cousin in the head with a rubber bullet an hour prior to the filmed encounter. “Then I saw the same soldiers who hit my cousin, this time in front of my house. I could not keep quiet and I responded as I did,” the 16-year-old testified.

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