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If the detention of an Israeli soldier war crime, what about thousands of Palestinian civilians?

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01.07.2022

Early this week, the Izzedine Al-Qassam Brigades released a short video footage showing an Israeli soldier it is holding as a prisoner of war, Hisham Al-Sayed, lying on bed and strapped to a ventilator.

The Brigades said that it released the video footage after it announced the sudden deterioration in Al-Sayed's health. For humanitarian reasons, the Palestinian faction proposed his release in return for the release of sick Palestinian prisoners enduring harsh detention conditions inside Israeli jails.

Al-Sayed is being held along with three others, including Avera Mengistu, Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin. The last two were captured by the Palestinian resistance during the 51-day Israeli offensive on Gaza in 2014. Israel believes they were killed and that the Palestinians are withholding their bodies.

Israel claims that Al-Sayed is not a soldier, saying he is mentally ill and wandered into the besieged enclave. The Palestinian resistance insists he is a solder and showed his ID in the video to prove it.

Commenting on the video footage, then Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett held Hamas accountable for the health of the Israelis detained in the Gaza Strip. He also described the detention of a "mentally ill Israeli civilian" as a "violation of all international conventions and laws".

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In a statement, issued by his office, Bennett said: "Hamas proved again tonight that it is a cynical and criminal terrorist organisation, which holds mentally ill civilians in violation of all international conventions and laws, as well as the bodies of fallen Israeli soldiers."

Meanwhile, current Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said: "Hamas's actions are proof that it is a despicable terrorist organisation that holds the citizens of Gaza hostage........

© Middle East Monitor


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