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IDF spokesman: Any soldier violating morals to be punished, military did not circulate surrender photos

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

Palestinian men surrender to troops in northern Gaza's Jabaliya, on December 10, 2023. (Social media; used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)
Palestinian men surrender to troops in northern Gaza's Jabaliya, on December 10, 2023. (Social media; used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)

IDF spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari comments on footage published on social media showing Israeli troops vandalizing Palestinian property in the Gaza Strip.

“IDF troops operate according to the IDF’s values and spirit. Troops on the battlefield are required to act with professionalism and with morals. We will not compromise on this,” Hagari says.

He says that soldiers who participate in any incidents which violate the IDF’s values will be reprimanded or punished.

On leaked footage showing IDF troops detaining Palestinian men in northern Gaza, Hagari says the photos were not distributed by the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.

“We tell people to undress to make sure they don’t have explosive belts on,” he says, adding that dozens of the detained men are Hamas operatives, while many others are uninvolved civilians.

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