Videos showing naked Palestinian prisoners sitting in rows in the streets of Gaza have gone viral on social media. While the Israeli army is accused of mistreatment of its prisoners, it mentions a security procedure.
Naked detainees, in their underwear, sitting on the ground in the street, in a row, surrounded by Israeli soldiers. These images of Palestinian detainees in Gaza, published on December 7, have gone viral on social networks.
Children, UN workers and a journalist are reportedly visible in a video showing dozens of Palestinians stripped naked and detained by Israeli forces in Gaza. pic.twitter.com/MECCmCgnMI
– Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) December 8, 2023
The Israeli army explains itself
The Israeli military says this is a security procedure. “It is often necessary for terrorism suspects to remove their clothing so that they can be searched and to be sure that they are not hiding an explosive belt or other weapons,” explains Daniel Hagari, a spokesperson for the Israeli army. during a press briefing this Sunday. , on December 10, reports our colleagues from Parisian.
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Those arrested are believed to be Hamas fighters and are expected to be questioned. The movement denounces “lies”.
Many Internet users are unhappy with the treatment of these prisoners by the Israeli army. Some recognize friends and people who are not members of Hamas. A journalist and UN officers were also recognized in the footage.
The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Observatory said it had received “reports claiming that Israeli forces had carried out a campaign of random arrests against displaced people, including doctors, academics, journalists and elderly men “.