Israel denied us access to monitor and document assault allegations - OHCHR

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NEW YORK – Volker Türk, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, revealed on Friday that Israeli authorities had not responded to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights’ (OHCHR) request for permission to monitor and document reports of sexual assaults on Israeli women during Operation Al-Aqsa Flood.اضافة اعلان

In its report, the OHCHR cited Israeli accusations of rape, sexual violence, and attacks on women and girls on October 7 in southern Israel. The report does not provide any evidence or confirmation of Israel's assertions, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.

The study also states that Israel formed a non-governmental Israeli civilian committee to investigate charges of crimes against women and children to document gender-based violence against them. Despite repeated requests from the OHCHR, Israeli authorities have denied access to monitor and document these charges.

Furthermore, the Israeli government and media allege that Hamas beheaded children and sexually assaulted women, although Hamas disputed these accusations. If anything, films have circulated showing Hamas members being pleasant to children, treating them with dignity and respect.

In October 2023, Salem Awais, UNICEF Middle East and North Africa spokesperson, stated, "There is no evidence of Israeli children's heads being severed or children being burned in Israel by Hamas."

Israeli violations against the Palestinians
Regarding Israeli policies, the OHCR report emphasized the increased number of arrests made by the IOF following October 7. It said that the arrests were accompanied by "beatings, mistreatment, and humiliation of Palestinian women and men, including sexual assault such as kicking genital organs and threats of rape."

The report also emphasized confirmation from victims' testimony and eyewitnesses, as well as video footage uploaded by IOF soldiers on social media networks. These recordings show the maltreatment of Palestinians, including male captives who were videotaped or photographed while naked or partially clad, blindfolded, handcuffed, and subjected to physical violence and humiliation by IOF soldiers.

According to the article, Israeli officials have jailed at least 4,000 Palestinians from Gaza who live in Israel and are isolated from the outside world after revoking their medical care and employment permits on October 11. Detainees in Israel's custody face terrible conditions, including threats of rape, lack of clothing and access to restrooms, and restriction of food and water. Families and loved ones have been left in the dark for weeks on the detainees’ conditions.

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