Videos and photos posted on social media show dozens of Palestinian men, wearing only their underwear, after they were arrested by Israeli armed forces in various public places in the Gaza Strip.
Some Israeli media reported that they were Hamas members who surrendered. Israeli forces claimed they were members of the group, or suspected of having links to Hamas, and they were arrested in the Gaza Strip. but, There are allegations that among these men are civilians and a journalist.
In some of these shots they are seen Dozens of men, most of them wearing only their underwear, sit in the street. Another picture appears Half-naked men kneeling. Many of them have Blindfolded and hands apparentlyBehind their backs, while occupation soldiers stand above them.
Another video clip shows men being transported in a military truck. It is unclear how and why these photos were leaked, while Israel’s war with Hamas continues. Their source was also not clarified, but one of the videos appears to have been taken by an Israeli soldier walking alongside the prisoners.
Furthermore, there are conflicting opinions about where this footage was taken. An Israeli government spokesman said they were from areas near Jambalia and Shujaiya, adding that they were Hamas strongholds. “We are talking about men of military age who were spotted in areas that civilians were supposed to evacuate weeks ago,” Elon Levy and others said.
The Palestinians, including a Hamas spokesman, said the photos were from Beit Lahia, claiming that They trapped the men in two UN schools used as shelters. CNN reported that based on the geographical location, it concluded that some of the footage was from Beit Lahia.
Gaza Strip: Reports of the arrest of citizens and a journalist
This was reported by Al-Arabi Al-Jadeed newspaper His correspondent, Diaa Al-Kahlot, was among the men who appeared in the footage with the prisoners In the Gaza Strip.
According to the medium, The occupation forces surrounded the journalist, his brothers, and other civilians on a street in the city of Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the enclave. They were then “forced to undress, searched and insulted before being taken to an unknown location.”
One man wrote on social media that he recognized his brother, a shop owner with epilepsy, among the detainees. Hani Al-Madour, an American of Palestinian origin who lives in Virginia, reported that he saw his relatives, Among them is his 12-year-old nephew They have no connection to Hamas or other organizations.
Israeli military spokesman Jonathan Conricus told CNN that the people photographed are “members of Hamas” or suspected members of the organization. “They were naked to ensure they were not carrying explosivesHe also mentioned.
Daniel Hajari, another IDF spokesman, said in a press conference: “Hamas is hiding underground, and they are coming out and we are fighting them.” He added, “Everyone who remains in these areas comes out of the tunnels, and some come out of the buildings. We are investigating who is linked to Hamas and who is not. He added: “We arrest them and interrogate them.”
Gaza: Reactions to videos with prisoners
The International Committee of the Red Cross expressed its concern about these photos, stressing that detainees must be treated in accordance with international humanitarian law.
The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor reported “The Israeli army arrested and seriously ill-treated dozens of Palestinian civilians». The organization indicated in a statement that it had received reports “about the occupation forces launching random and arbitrary arrest campaigns against displaced people, including doctors, academics, journalists, and the elderly.”
With information from The Guardian, CNN
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