Palestinian teen Nufuz Hammad's release uncertain despite swap deal

Ahram Online , Monday 27 Nov 2023

Nufuz Hammad, 16, the youngest Palestinian inmate in Israeli prison, may not be released as Israelis have returned her to prison following an initial decision to release her as part of the captive swap deal with Hamas.

Nufuz Hammad


Her father, Jad Hammad, from the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in East Jerusalem, stated on Monday that Israel had returned his daughter to prison after almost releasing her last Saturday.

Nufuz was listed among the 300 children and female prisoners to be released, according to the Israeli Ministry of Justice last week.

Jad told the Palestinian WAFA news agency that when he went to Moscovia prison on Saturday, his daughter was not among the prisoners released.

“The released prisoners told me that Nufuz was with them until 8pm, and after that, she was taken to an unknown place."

"They led the prisoners' families and each one received their daughter or son, except for me. I did not receive my daughter, and they told me, 'Go, go'!"

Afterwards, he learned that Israeli guards assaulted Nufuz during the transfer and took to Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem., before returning her to prison on Monday.

He is concerned about her health, Jad told WAFA.

Nufuz was arrested in December 2021, at the age of 14, from inside her school in Sheikh Jarrah.

Nearly two years later, in November 2023, she was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the "attempted murder of a settler and causing her minor injuries" during a stabbing operation, according to the Wadi Helwa legal information centre.

The last time the Hammad family saw Nufuz was about two months ago in Damon Prison, during a court Zoom session.

Jad said that Nufuz's morale was high, but she complained about the poor prison conditions and the increased abuse of prisoners after 7 October. 

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