IDF & Hamas Respond to images of Men Stripped to Underwear

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The Israel Defense Forces and Hamas responded to images that showed a mass detention by the Israeli military of men in Gaza who were blindfolded and stripped down to their underwear.

A spokesperson for the Israel Defense Force claimed the men were “Hamas members and suspect Hamas members.”

A member of Hamas’ political office accused Israel of “kidnapping, invasive searches, and disrobing” what he said was “a group of displaced Palestinian civilians.”

At least some of the men detained were civilians with no known affiliation to militant groups, according to a CNN interview with a relative and a statement by one of the men’s employers, a news network.

Izzat al-Rishq, a member of Hamas’ political office, accused Israel in a statement of “kidnapping, invasive searches, and disrobing” what he said was “a group of displaced Palestinian civilians.”

He called it a “reprehensible crime” and urged human rights organizations to intervene.

At least some of the men detained were civilians with no known affiliation to militant groups, according to a conversation CNN had with one of their relatives and a statement by one of their employers, a news network.

CNN spoke on Thursday with Hani al-Madhoun, the brother and relative of some of those detained. He denied they had any affiliation with militant groups.

Al-Madhoun posted on social media Friday that his relatives had been released.

Al-Araby Al-Jadeed said Thursday that among those detained was one of its correspondents, Diaa Al-Kahlot, along with his family. As of Thursday evening, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed said that they were considered missing, and the Committee to Protect Journalists has called for the reporter’s release.

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