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BBC: Hamas had a premeditated plan to use sexual violence as a weapon of war

6-12-2023 |

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.

Israel has been exploring evidence of sexual crimes during the attacks.

Israeli police say they have so far gathered more than 1,500 testimonies from witnesses and medics. Hamas has denied the group carried out sexual violence during the 7 October attacks.

Pictures and live footage streamed by the militants pointed to the gruesome nature of the attacks at the Supernova festival.

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.

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