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Investigation Uncovers Disturbing Sexual Violence in Hamas Attacks

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A two-month investigation by The New York Times uncovers sexual violence against Israeli women in Hamas attacks on October 7. (Shutterstock)
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A two-month investigation by The New York Times has more fully revealed the widespread sexual violence that was perpetrated by Hamas terrorists during the October 7 attacks in Israel. The investigation, which relied on video footage, photographs, GPS data from mobile phones, and interviews with over 150 people, identified at least seven locations where Israeli women and girls appear to have been sexually assaulted or mutilated.

One of the victims, Gal Abdush, a mother of two, has become a symbol of the horrors visited upon Israeli women and girls during the attacks. A video of her mutilated body went viral, causing widespread shock and outrage. Israeli police officials believe that Abdush was raped before she was killed, based on the video evidence.

Israeli soldiers and volunteer medics described finding more than 30 bodies of women and girls in and around the rave site and in two kibbutzim in a similar state as Abdush’s — legs spread, clothes torn off, signs of abuse in their genital areas.

Despite the overwhelming evidence, Hamas has denied Israel’s accusations of sexual violence. Israeli activists have expressed outrage that U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres and the agency U.N. Women did not acknowledge the many accusations until weeks after the attacks.

Read more at Yahoo News.

 

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