UN: ‘Convincing information’ sexual violence committed against hostages in Gaza

BBC.com reports: “A UN team says there is ‘convincing information’ that hostages held in Gaza have been subjected to sexual violence including rape and sexualised torture.

There were grounds to suspect the abuse was still ongoing, the UN said.

The UN team also found ‘reasonable grounds to believe’ sexual violence, including gang rape, took place when Hamas attacked Israel on 7 October.

Israel’s foreign ministry said it welcomed the ‘definitive recognition that Hamas committed sexual crimes’.

The UN Security Council should now designate Hamas as a terrorist organisation and impose international sanctions on it, spokesman Lior Haiat said.

Hamas has denied its gunmen sexually assaulted women during the attacks…”

Warning: Source article contains graphic descriptions of rape and sexual violence

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