June 15, 2024

CAIRO: A senior Hamas official accused Israeli forces on Friday of finishing up a “heinous crime in opposition to harmless civilians” after photographs of Palestinian males stripped to their underwear in Gaza circulated on social media.

Izzat El-Reshiq, who’s in exile overseas, urged worldwide human rights organizations to intervene to indicate what occurred to the lads and assist safe their launch.

The Worldwide Committee of the Crimson Cross (ICRC) mentioned it was involved by the pictures and that every one detainees have to be handled with humanity and dignity in accordance with worldwide humanitarian regulation.

Israeli TV confirmed footage on Thursday, which Reuters couldn’t independently confirm, of what it mentioned have been captured Hamas fighters, stripped to their underwear with heads bowed sitting in a Gaza Metropolis road.

“We’re speaking about people who’re apprehended in Jabalia and Shejaiya (in Gaza metropolis), Hamas strongholds and facilities of gravity,” Israeli authorities spokesperson Eylon Levy advised an everyday briefing in response to a query in regards to the photographs.

“We’re speaking about military-age males who have been found in areas that civilians have been imagined to have evacuated weeks in the past.”

The Israeli navy has been advising civilians to go away areas in Gaza the place it plans to function after launching its marketing campaign to get rid of Hamas within the Palestinian enclave following the Islamist militant group’s Oct. 7 killing spree in Israel.

One photograph confirmed greater than 20 males kneeling on the pavement or on the street, with Israeli troopers trying on and dozens of sneakers and sandals deserted within the street. An analogous variety of males, additionally semi-naked, have been crammed into the again of a truck close by.

Some Palestinians mentioned they acknowledged kinfolk within the photographs circulating on social media and denied they’d any hyperlinks to Hamas or some other group.

Reshiq mentioned the lads had been captured at a faculty in Gaza that was getting used as a shelter after weeks of Israeli bombardments which have displaced many Gazans.


Hamas held Israeli forces liable for the lives and security of the detained males, Reshiq added.

“And we urge human rights organizations to instantly intervene to show this heinous crime in opposition to harmless civilians taking refuge in a faculty, that had became a shelter due to Zionist aggression and massacres, and to place stress by all means to safe their launch.”

The London-based Arabic language information outlet Al-Araby Al-Jadeed mentioned one of many males detained was its correspondent Diaa Kahlout. “Al-Araby Al-Jadeed strongly condemns the humiliating arrest of colleague Diaa Al-Kahlout and different civilians,” it mentioned, urging the worldwide neighborhood and rights teams to denounce the arrest of journalists.

The Committee to Shield Journalists additionally referred to as for his launch.

Some Palestinians recognized the place the place the lads have been captured because the northeastern city of Beit Lahia, an space that Israel had warned civilians to go away and has been encircled and besieged by Israeli tanks for weeks.

Hani Almadhoun, a Palestinian American based mostly in Virginia, mentioned he noticed kinfolk in a single picture and advised Reuters they have been “harmless civilians with no hyperlinks to Hamas or some other faction.”

“We strongly emphasize the significance of treating all these detained with humanity and dignity, in accordance with worldwide humanitarian regulation,” Jessica Moussan, ICRC Media Relations Adviser, Center East, mentioned in an announcement.

Husam Zomlot, head of the Palestinian Mission in London, mentioned on X the pictures evoked “a few of humanity’s darkest passages of historical past.”

Outstanding Palestinian politician Hanan Ashrawi mentioned on X the incident was “blatant try on the humiliation & degradation of Palestinian males, kidnapped from their household houses, stripped & displayed like battle trophies.”