Four female Israeli soldiers have been disciplined for ‘unbecoming behaviour ‘after pictures emerged on Facebook of them dressed only in their underwear and combat kit.

The images, published on an Israeli news site, showed the soldiers removing their fatigues to expose their underwear and back sides. Some photos showed them dressed in helmets and little else.

It is the latest embarrassment for the Israel Defence Forces, which was forced to ban soldiers from using social media on base after photos emerged of a male Israeli soldier dancing suggestively around a blindfolded Palestinian woman and a female soldier posing in front of Palestinian prisoners.