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Israel releases mother of Halamish attacker Omar al-Abed after 3 days in jail

July 27, 2017 9:27 P.M. (Updated: July 27, 2017 10:28 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- Ibtisam al-Abed, the mother of 19-year-old Omar al-Abed -- who last week killed three Israeli settlers in a stabbing attack in an illegal Israeli settlement -- was released from Israeli custody on Thursday after three days of detention.

Yamin Zidan, a lawyer of the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs, said in a statement Thursday that al-Abed, who was detained during a predawn raid on her home in the Ramallah-area village of Kobar in the predawn hours of Tuesday, was released on a bail of 10,000 shekels ($2,812).

At the time of her detention, locals in Kobar told Ma’an that Israeli forces seized 6,000 shekels ($1,679) from the family's home, which is set to be punitively demolished by Israeli forces.

The Times of Israel reported that she was detained for "aggravated incitement" over a video in which she allegedly praises her son's actions, saying she was proud of him and hoped for his release from prison.

Since the attack, Israeli forces have carried out a series of punitive measures against al-Abed’s family and the residents of Kobar, raiding the local health clinic, and imposing a military closure on the village, preventing residents from entering or leaving the village.

The Israeli government has long faced criticism for its response to attacks, with rights groups saying severe security measures amount to collective punishment and a violation of international law.

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