International Viral Israel Strips Dozens of Palestinians Naked, World Screams News – 7 hours ago

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Palestinian, Arab and Muslim officials condemned Israel after images of detained Palestinian men stripped naked in Gaza circulated on social media.

A senior official of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, Izzat El-Reshiq, accused Israel of committing heinous crimes against innocent civilians.

Reshiq, who is in exile abroad, urged international human rights organizations to intervene to show what happened to these people and help secure their release.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said it was concerned by the images and that all detainees must be treated with humanity and dignity in accordance with international humanitarian law.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, whose country supports Hamas, also criticized Israel, accusing Israel of “barbarity in its treatment of prisoners and innocent citizens”.

Israeli TV on Thursday (7/12/2023) broadcast the recording, which was verified by Reuterswhich shows what he says is a captured Hamas fighter, stripped down to his underwear and head bowed, sitting on a Gaza City street.

“We are talking about people captured in Jabalia and Shejaia (in Gaza city), Hamas’ stronghold and its center of gravity,” Israeli government spokesman Eylon Levy said in a briefing when asked about the images.

“We’re talking about military age men who were found in areas that civilians were supposed to evacuate weeks ago.”

The Israeli military has ordered civilians to leave areas where it plans to operate after launching its campaign to eliminate Hamas in Gaza following the Islamist militant group’s massacre on October 7 in Israel.

A photo showed more than 20 male prisoners kneeling on the sidewalk or in the street, with Israeli soldiers looking on and dozens of shoes and sandals left on the street. The same number of prisoners, also half-naked, were stuffed into the back of a nearby truck.

Some Palestinians said they recognized their relatives in the images and denied they had any ties to Hamas or other groups. Some, they said, were boys or teenagers.

Reshiq said the prisoners had been captured at a school in Gaza that was being used as a shelter after weeks of Israeli bombardment that had displaced many Gazans.

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Al Safadi, speaking at a press conference ahead of a meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, said doctors and journalists were among those arrested and “humiliated”.

Appeal to Human Rights Groups

Hamas holds Israeli forces responsible for the lives and safety of those detained, Reshiq added.

“And we urge human rights organizations to immediately intervene to expose the heinous crimes against innocent civilians who have taken refuge in a school, which has been turned into a sanctuary due to Zionist aggression and massacres, and apply pressure by all means to ensure their release.” he said.

London-based Arabic language news outlet, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, said one of the men detained was correspondent Diaa Kahlout. They urged the international community and human rights groups to condemn the journalist’s arrest. The Committee to Protect Journalists called for his release.

Some Palestinians identified the place where the men were arrested as the northeastern city of Beit Lahia, an area that Israel has warned civilians should abandon and has been surrounded and besieged by Israeli tanks for weeks. Reuters confirmed the location was Beit Lahia.

Hani Almadhoun, a Palestinian American living in Virginia, said he saw his relatives in one image including his 12-year-old nephew, and that they had no ties to Hamas or any other faction.

On Friday, Almadhoun told Reuters that Israeli troops released 12 of his relatives and in-laws, after detaining and interrogating them for 12 hours at a location in the city of Beit Lahiya. The Hamas-run state media office also confirmed that Israel released some of the people it had detained but it was unclear how many were still being held.

“We strongly emphasize the importance of treating all detained persons humanely and with dignity, in accordance with international humanitarian law,” said Jessica Moussan, ICRC Media Relations Advisor for the Middle East, in a statement.

Husam Zomlot, head of the Palestine Mission in London, told X that the images remind us of “some of the darkest chapters in human history.” Palestinian politician Hanan Ashrawi said in X that the incident was a “blatant attempt to humiliate and degrade Palestinian men…stripped naked & displayed like war trophies”.

[Gambas:Video CNBC]

Next Article

Is Iran Behind the Hamas Attack on Israel? These are the Facts