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Israeli military court frees pregnant Palestinian security prisoner on bail

Israeli human rights activists protest calling for the release of Anhar al-Deek, 25, at the entrance to Damon prison, northern Israel, on August 29, 2021. (Roni Ofer/Flash90)
Israeli human rights activists protest calling for the release of Anhar al-Deek, 25, at the entrance to Damon prison, northern Israel, on August 29, 2021. (Roni Ofer/Flash90)

An Israeli military court decides to release pregnant Palestinian security prisoner Anhar al-Deek to house arrest on around $12,500 bail, her lawyer tells The Times of Israel.

Al-Deek’s case had become prominent in Palestinian media, as she was set to give birth while detained. The last Palestinian prisoner to give birth while under arrest by Israeli authorities was Gaza resident Fatima al-Ziq in 2008.

Al-Deek was charged by Israeli military prosecutors for threatening to stab Israeli settlers at the West Bank outpost of Sde Ephraim. Her defense says that she suffers from a history of mental illness and was psychologically incapacitated during the incident.

According to the court’s ruling, al-Deek will be under 24-hour supervision while in her mother’s house. She will also have to show up at an Israeli police station once a week and undergo psychological treatment, among other conditions.

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