A video shows dozens of suspected Hamas terrorists laying down their weapons, after being captured by Israeli troops at a northern Gaza hospital after days of shelling.
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) released the footage on X Thursday, showing a throng of men walking single-file with their hands up through an area piled high with rubble under the watchful eye of soldiers.
The next portion of the recording shows alleged Hamas terrorists, now with their shirts off, dropping their weapons, including assault-style rifles and ammunition, on the ground.
IDF soldiers from the 460th Combat Brigade of the 162nd Division, along with members of Israel’s security service Shin Bet, carried out the operation to capture 70 terrorists in the Kamal Adwan Hospital near the Israeli border.
The medical facility in Beit Lahiya has been surrounded and under heavy fire for days.
Israeli forces said they located a building near the hospital that was being used by Hamas. Firefights ensued, during which an unknown number of the enemy were killed in action, according to the IDF.
Others were captured alive and taken to the Shin Bet security agency and Military Intelligence Directorate’s Unit 504 for interrogation.
The en masse surrender at the hospital comes just days after videos and photos circulated widely in the media showing about 100 Hamas detainees stripped down to their underwear, some blindfolded and with their hands tied behind their backs, being rounded up by IDF troops.
The images taken in a debris-strewn street in Jabaliya raised concerns among human rights activists about the humiliating treatment of prisoners by the IDF.
Following the public outcry, a military official said the army would change its arrest procedures.