Hamas raped both male and female hostages, doctors confirmed

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At least 10 men and women freed by Hamas were sexually assaulted or abused while detained in the Gaza Strip, the doctor who treated them confirmed today, Israeli media reported, Beta reported.

The doctor who treated some of the 110 hostages released by Hamas during the week-long truce with Israel did not elaborate and spoke on condition of anonymity to protect the identities of the hostages.

The doctor's statement confirms the testimony of a group of released civilians who at yesterday's meeting with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talked about the sexual abuse they experienced or witnessed.

The spokesperson of the US State Department Matthew Miller hinted yesterday that Hamas is refusing to release some hostages because it does not want them to testify about the sexual abuse they suffered while in captivity.

The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas has rejected accusations that its members have committed sexual offences.

About 240 Israelis and foreigners were forcibly taken into the Gaza Strip by Palestinian militants during an attack on southern Israel on October 7, killing more than 1.200 people, mostly civilians.

During a week-long truce in late November based on a deal between Israel and Hamas brokered by Qatar, 105 hostages, including 80 Israelis, dual nationals and foreigners, were released in exchange for the release of 240 Palestinians from Israeli prisons.

Hamas has now ruled out any possibility of freeing the hostages unless Israel permanently halts its assault on Gaza.

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