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Jailed Palestinian schoolgirl to be freed Friday, says family

Feb. 12, 2015 4:17 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 13, 2015 12:08 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A 14-year-old Palestinian schoolgirl jailed by Israel will be released from prison custody on Friday, her family said.

Relatives of Malak al-Khatib said they were informed by the International Committee of the Red Cross that she will be released at the Jubara checkpoint near Tulkarem.

Al-Khatib, from the town of Beitin near Ramallah, was arrested last December and sentenced to two months in jail on the charge of stone-throwing and possession of a knife.

Her case has brought media organizations flocking to her family's door and attracted more public attention than most.

In a report released in February 2013, the UN children's agency UNICEF criticized Israel for its treatment of arrested Palestinian children, saying their interrogation mixes "intimidation, threats and physical violence, with the clear purpose of forcing the child to confess."

"Children have been threatened with death, physical violence, solitary confinement and sexual assault, against themselves or a family member," the report said.
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