IDF Appoints Committee to Examine Conditions of Imprisoned Hamas Terrorists

By Yoni Weiss

Hamas terrorists who were caught during the Oct. 7 massacre and during the IDF operation in the Gaza Strip, seen at a courtyard in a prison in southern Israel, Feb. 14. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)

IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Herzi Halevi has appointed an advisory committee to examine the conditions of imprisoned Hamas terrorists captured since Oct. 7, the IDF announced on Tuesday.

Halevi established the committee following a mid-May CNN report alleging that Israelis at three detention facilities tortured and mistreated Hamas terrorists detained in Gaza.

Terror suspects captured in Gaza are initially sent to detention facilities at the IDF’s Sde Teiman, Anatot, and Ofer bases before being transferred to the Israel Prison Service.

“Due to the unprecedented number of detainees and overcrowding in Israel Prison Service facilities, many detainees have been held in IDF detention facilities for extended periods,” the IDF stated. “Allegations have been raised regarding the conditions in these facilities.”

Approximately 2,300 Palestinian terror suspects have been detained in Gaza since Israel launched its ground invasion on Oct. 27, 2023.

The five-person committee will examine the conditions in the detention facilities, assess their compliance with international law, and submit recommendations within three weeks.

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