in one of the biggest raids in the region in years
Photo reports of Israeli soldiers detaining dozens of men stripped to their underwear in Gaza – one of the biggest raids in the region in years – have been circulating on social media in recent weeks.
The photos depict around two dozen men, some of them appearing to be in their twenties, wearing only their underwear and lined up shoulder-to-shoulder with hands behind their head, with Israeli soldiers standing over them. Some men had their faces towards the ground, while others had their faces covered.
The images were reportedly taken during a major Israeli Military raid in Gaza last month, which saw hundreds of troops and dozens of military vehicles deployed for a two-week-long mission. The mission involved hundreds of raids, searches and detentions, and the pictures show one such incident.
The Israeli military has not yet commented publicly on the raid, or provided further details about why the men were detained or why they were stripped to their underwear. Many of the details remain unknown, however the photos have been widely shared, with people condemning the alleged mistreatment. The photos have also reignited the debate around Israeli-Palestinian relations, with some arguing that the alleged abuses of human rights in Gaza must stop.