Israeli forces detained 15 Palestinians during overnight raids across the West Bank and in the occupied part of East Jerusalem, the Palestine Prisoner’s Society reports.
Four former prisoners were taken from their homes in the district of Tulkarem; two served over ten years in Israeli prisons and the other 5 and six years. Palestinian security forces told Ma'an news that Israeli forces detained Nihad Abu Harb, Mahfouth Abu Aisha, Alaa Abu Qseidi and Faris Khalifa during the raid of the Nur Shams refugee camp in Tulkarem.
Other unidentified Palestinian men and women also were detained in the northern district of Jenin, in the Jordan Valley, where two women were taken for allegedly wearing a military uniform and carrying a weapon, Ramallah, Hebron, and Bethlehem.
In East Jerusalem, two Palestinians were detained after their homes in the neighborhood of Silwan were raided.
Two minors, a 16-year-old and 17-year-old were detained in the Toqu town, east of Bethlehem. According to Israeli and Palestinian human rights organization B'tselem and Adameer, there are over 300 Palestinian minors in Israeli prisons.
Speaking on the case of teenager Ahed Tamimi's imprisonment, U.N. official Michael Lynk said "The Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Israel has ratified, clearly states that children are to be deprived of their liberty only as a last resort, and only for the shortest appropriate period of time," claiming Israel is not justified in detaining 17-year-old Tamimi.
According to the United Nations, 2018 has witnessed an average of 176 search and detention raids by Israeli occupation forces bi-weekly.
Detention raids have increased since protests were sparked by United States President, Donald Trump's, recognition of the occupied city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December.
Media freedoms have also deteriorated. According to a recent report by the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms, between December 2017 and January 2018 they recorded 117 violations against media freedom, including assault against journalists and preventing coverage of incidents.