Irish hack Orla Guerin writes about her recent experience with being held by IDF forces.
…But before we found him, Israeli troops found us, forcing us at gunpoint into a disused room on the upper storey – first the cameraman, then the producer, then me. There we saw Rana, trapped in a chair in the corner, a white headscarf on her silver hair. She was neatly dressed, and alert, flanked protectively by the doctor and a Palestinian paramedic. Soldiers seized our phones, confiscated our camera tape and when we tried to leave forced us back, at the barrel of a gun.
As the minutes stretched into hours, he asked how long we would be kept there. “You’ll be here until we kill someone,” a soldier replied, in perfect English. “We’re being held illegally,” I said. The soldiers nodded in agreement, but still refused to let us go. “You could compromise our operation,” one said, “by revealing our location.”
More seriously she notes:
Later a few threats were murmured in my direction. “She’ll get out of here in a body bag,” one soldier said in Hebrew, assuming incorrectly, that we would not understand.
Crazy behaviour by any armed force, is it not?