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Mon Dec 4, 2023, 12:57 PM Dec 4

Hamas planned sexual violence as weapon of war - Israeli campaigner (trigger warning) [View all]

Hamas planned sexual violence as weapon of war - Israeli campaigner
4th December 2023, 11:26 EST

By Marita Moloney
BBC News

Hamas had a premeditated plan to use sexual violence as a weapon of war, an Israeli women's rights campaigner and lawyer has said. Prof Ruth Halperin-Kaddari said she saw footage of women in several locations whose condition left her in "no doubt" that they had been raped.
There has been anger over the delay of some UN bodies to acknowledge claims of Hamas's sexual atrocities on 7 October.

A range of violence from gang rape to the sexual mutilation of murdered victims are being investigated by police."I saw a number of first-hand, eyewitness accounts, for example of one survivor who hid in the bushes and saw a woman next to her being raped by several men," Prof Halperin-Kaddari told BBC Radio 4's Today programme. She said she also spoke to a paramedic who treated a woman who lost a life-threatening amount of blood after reporting being raped by four men.

"I saw footage and pictures from numerous locations of bodies whose condition were all exhibiting the same pattern of mutilation and leaving no doubt that rape was performed on these women before they were executed," she said.
"This leaves no doubt that such a concentration of cases in a relatively short span of time - less than a day - in numerous locations, it could not have been unless there had there not been a plan, premeditation, to use sexual violence as a weapon of war."

… "We also saw people who were bleeding... [and] people who were tied down to furniture with zip-ties, and were not clothed, of many ages."

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