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Half-naked and handcuffed: images of the alleged surrender of dozens of Hamas suspects released

2023-12-07T21:17:25.116Z

Highlights: Israel's military said they were militants who "surrendered" after heavy fighting in Gaza. There are doubts and different versions about who the detainees are. One of those in the photographs is identified as a journalist, Diaa Al Kahlot. Two senior Hamas leaders were killed a few days ago in an airstrike on a command center, Israeli military said. More than 17,000 people have been killed in Gaza and more than 46,000 injured, according to the Gaza Strip's Health Ministry.


Israel's military said they were militants who "surrendered" after heavy fighting in Gaza.There are doubts and different versions about who the detainees are.


The images went viral on social media as Israel's army announced the arrest of suspectedHamas terrorists: photos reproduced by Israeli media show dozens of Palestinians with their hands tied or handcuffed in the streets of Gaza, and in some cases being taken away in vans.

Online reports in newspapers such as Haaretz and Yediot Ahronot showed the images and claimed that, according to Israeli forces, dozens of the militants of the extremist group had surrendered after heavy fighting.

Images posted on social media show detainees in groups or rows sitting in the street, their clothes and shoes strewn across the ground, and others being taken away in military trucks. The EFE news agency consulted the Israeli army about it, which said it will soon give details on the matter.

Versions

Some images were commented on by local journalists in the Strip, who said they correspond to civilians captured in Gaza towns such as Beit Lahia.

One of those in the photographs is identified as a journalist, Diaa Al Kahlot, bureau chief of the Al-Arabi Al-Jadeed newspaper in Gaza.

The alleged Hamas terrorists detained by Israel on Thursday in Gaza.

The photographs and videos, unverified by independent sources, show according to Israeli media military checkpoints of the Israeli forces looking for possible "terrorists".

More than 17,000 people have been killed in Gaza and more than 46,000 injured, according to the Gaza Strip's Health Ministry, since the start of Israel's offensive against the Islamist group Hamas on October 7, following the terrorist group's savage attack in Israel.

The war erupted after a Hamas attack on Israel that day, killing more than 1,200 people and taking more than 240 hostages to Gaza.

There are nearly 1.9 million internally displaced persons in Gaza, around 80 per cent of its population of some 2.3 million, with a severe humanitarian crisis.

Palestinians arrested by Israel, in a military truck.

Hamas Chiefs Killed

Separately, the Israeli military and the Shin Bet announced Thursday that two senior Hamas leaders were killed a few days ago in an airstrike on a command center.

He is Abdel Aziz Rantisi, of the military intelligence unit, responsible "for information on the ground in the Strip and participated in the planning of the October 7 attack."

Along with him, Ahmed Aiush, "a terrorist agent of the observation unit of the 'Carrara' battalion, was killed."

The command center that was attacked, the spokesman explained, "was responsible for field intelligence for the entire Strip and served as an important Hamas post to direct combat activities and support attacks on soldiers."

The two join a string of at least five other Hamas military commanders in Gaza that Israel says it has killed in recent days.

A photograph circulated in the media, released by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), showing a table of Hamas "military commanders" in a basement, on which the faces of five of the 11 men present are surrounded in Russian with the words "eliminated."

Their names, released by Israel and picked up by the media, are: Ahmed al-Ghandour, commander of Hamas' Northern Brigade; Wael Rajab, deputy commander of the Northern Brigade; Abu Rakba, commander of the Air Division; Rafat Salman, commander of the Relief Battalion and Ibrahim Al-Biari, commander of the Central Jabaliya Battalion.

Source: EFE and ANSA

Source: clarin

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