Israeli forces detained hundreds of men in Gaza; calls for intervention

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GAZA — Amidst intensifying conflicts around Khan Yunis in northern Gaza, images and videos circulated on social media depicting Israeli forces escorting a large number of men, semi-naked and blindfolded, in a military bus to an undisclosed location.اضافة اعلان

Eyewitnesses reported that on Thursday, the Israeli army arrested "hundreds" of displaced men in a shelter school in Beit Lahia, stripping them of their clothes and separating them from women and children, Khaberni reported.

The Israeli Broadcasting Authority announced that the army arrested "tens of men in the Gaza Strip during its advance to control the northern part of the sector, some of whom surrendered voluntarily to verify whether some of them are terrorists of the Hamas movement or activists in it."

In a statement to the BBC on Friday, Elon Levy, the spokesperson for the Israeli government, commented that all the detained men are of military conscription age and were found in areas that civilians were supposed to evacuate weeks ago.

Levy added that they would be interrogated "to determine who was indeed a terrorist from Hamas and who was not."

*Editors note: The spokesperson was probably referring to Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas.

He stated that the detained men were found in areas where the Israeli forces had engaged in "close combat" with Hamas. They were "deliberately disguised as civilians" and worked from within civilian buildings, according to him.

While the Israeli army did not directly comment on the photos, its spokesperson, Daniel Haggai, stated on Thursday that "Israeli army fighters and Shin Bet officers arrested and interrogated hundreds of suspects in terrorist activities."

He added, "Many of them surrendered themselves to our forces in the past 24 hours, and the intelligence obtained from their interrogation is being used to continue the fight."

Izzat al-Risheq, a member of the political bureau of the Hamas movement, stated on Friday, holding the Israeli army responsible for the lives and safety of the detainees in Beit Lahia in the Gaza Strip on Thursday.

In his statement, Risheq described the Israeli army's arrest of a group of displaced civilians in a Gaza school and stripping them of their clothes in a degrading manner as a "blatant Zionist crime of revenge against the unarmed civilians of our people, in response to the blows received by its soldiers and officers at the hands of the men of the Palestinian resistance."

He called on all human rights and humanitarian organizations to intervene immediately "to expose this heinous crime against innocent civilians who have been displaced in a school turned into a shelter due to the aggression and massacres," and to press by all means for their release.

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