In a new wave of violence engulfing the Gaza strip, images captured by those on the scene are offering a disturbing glimpse into the brutal reality of the conflict between Israel and Palestine. The latest set of images show Israeli soldiers seemingly detaining dozens of men stripped to their underwear near the Palestinian enclave’s eastern border.
The photos, which were taken on Monday, show at least seven Israeli officers standing guard around the group of men, who are gathered with their backs to the camera. The men, who do not appear to have any visible signs of protest or arms, are completely stripped apart from their underwear, a declare sign of the aggression used by the Israelis.
Despite international calls for a de-escalation in the violence, the detention of these men is just the latest example of the Israeli government’s hard-line stance towards the Gaza strip and its residents. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made it abundantly clear that his government will not relent in its response against Palestine, regardless of the international outcry and diplomatic pressure.
As the images from Gaza make clear, the use of such extreme tactics has only served to worsen the tense situation, with protection of human rights being completely disregarded in favor of raw military power. For the residents of Gaza, it may be a while before they can see a return to normal life, as it seems the conflict is escalating with no end in sight.