Israel's defence forces have been pictured capturing, hog-tying and stripping Hamas terrorists half-naked.

The move has been done after Israeli police and IDF troops regained control over one of the settlements captured by the terror group as part of an assault on the Jewish state. Although it is not clear exactly where the picture was taken, it appears to show around 20 Hamas terrorists lying on the ground, with their hands and legs zip tied, while they also appear to be blindfolded.

And in a strange move, officials also pulled the pants down of each terrorists, but kept their underwear on – presumably to check some kind of explosive devices stored in their pants. The image also shows three boxes of shoes nearby, as they have all be taken from the members of the group which infiltrated the country earlier today.

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The terrorists were tied up and stripped half-naked
The terrorists were tied up and stripped half-naked

The escalation was sparked by Hamas launching more than 5,000 rockets into Israel in a surprise assault today (Saturday, October 7) which has now left more than 200 dead.

The attack by the group designated a terrorist organisation by the UK Government in 2021 was launched on the last day of the Jewish High Holiday of Succot, as well as Shabbat, when the vast majority of the country's population were in synagogues to celebrate the festival. Within minutes, social media was filled with photos and videos of Hamas terrorists taking Israeli residents hostage, brutalising them and murdering them.

Israel declared war on Hamas after the 'unprovoked' attack
Israel declared war on Hamas after the 'unprovoked' attack

Hamas spokesman Ghazi Hamad told Channel 4 News that the terror group were “fighters for freedom”. When asked why “ordinary civilians” were being taken hostage, he said: “People care more about the Israeli civilians than they do the Palestinian civilians.”

The official death toll from Israel has reached more than 200, with 1,100 thought to have been wounded in the attacks, with Israel's Prime Minister claiming that Hamas would “pay an unprecedented price” for the attack. He also confirmed that Israel was now “at war”.

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