Israel arrests 10 familiy members of Palestinian teen who hit Israeli soldiers

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The Tamimi family is part of a large clan that lives in the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh in Area C of the West Bank.

A screenshot of the Facebook page of the Israeli military authority that rules Palestinian civilians in the occupied West Bank.

The village has been witnessing intensive night raids by Israeli army, said the village head, since the detention of the Palestinian resistance icon, 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi on December 17, after a video of her slapping an Israeli soldiers who stormed her home went viral on the internet.

"Israel arrested an injured, post-traumatic 15-year-old in the middle of the night and got him to lie out of fear of being sent to prison in his condition", the Tamimi family said in a statement.

On Monday alone, Israeli forces detained 10 members of the extended Tamimi family, including five minors between the ages of 14-17, a 19-year-old, and the rest between the rest between 21 and 29 years of age, according to the Palestinian Prisoner's Society.

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The Tamimi's relatives in Deir Nitham expressed similar sentiments following the killing of their son Musaab in January, saying that days after Ahed's arrest, the people of the village were threatened by Israeli soldiers who told them "The day will come when you wish you are not a Tamimi". He was released upon interrogation by the police, the military confirmed. Her mother, also arrested after the video went viral, is being held until her trial is completed as well. "I could not keep quiet and I responded as I did", Tamimi testified.

Mohammad Tamimi, 15, who was shot in the head by Israeli soldiers in December, and still needs surgery to reconstruct his skull.

Among those detained is the 15-year-old cousin of Ahed Tamimi, Mohammed Tamimi, who was hit by a rubber bullet fired by an Israeli soldier, also the cause of her altercation with the Israeli police. Ahed is now being prosecuted behind closed doors in an Israeli military court that has a conviction rate of over 99 percent.

"What began with a far-fetched attempt to claim that we are not a real family at all has now moved to the denial of documented reality", a statement released by the family read, referring to revelations last month that an Israeli committee conducted secret investigations into whether the Tamimis were "real". His cousin, Ahed Tamimi, was arrested later for slapping an Israeli soldier shortly after Mohammed was shot.

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