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Israel recalls UN Ambassador after refusal to discuss Hamas rape allegations

By IGIHE
On 6 March 2024 at 01:43

The government of Israel recalled its Ambassador to the United Nations, Gilad Erdan, after UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres declined to organize a meeting to discuss accusations of rape committed by Hamas fighters during their attacks in Israel on October 7, 2023.

On March 4, 2024, a report was released showing credible reasons to suspect Hamas fighters of raping Israeli citizens. The Israeli government requested Guterres to schedule a United Nations Security Council meeting to address the issue.

The report was issued by a UN delegation led by Pramila Patten, which was sent to Israel and the West Bank to investigate the events of the attack. The mission started on January 28 and concluded on February 14, 2024.

Pramila explained that her team could not meet with victims or directly communicate with them, but instead gathered information from Israeli state institutions, eyewitnesses, and individuals who had been held captive by Hamas fighters.

The team also discovered bodies, primarily of women who were naked, tied up, and had gunshot wounds.

Israel’s Foreign Minister, Israel Katz, announced that the refusal to convene a UN Security Council meeting to discuss the report implies the Secretary-General’s silence, leading to Ambassador Erdan being recalled.

As reported by the Jerusalem Post, Minister Katz stated, "I have asked Ambassador Erdan to return to Israel for urgent consultations on the silence over the UN report, which shows numerous instances of rape by Hamas terrorists on October 7."

He further criticized the Secretary-General for not calling for a Security Council meeting to review the report’s findings, which would acknowledge Hamas as a terrorist organization, impose sanctions on its supporters, and assert authority over the matter.

UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric responded that the Secretary-General was not silent but supported the work done by Patten’s team.

The Israeli government claims that in the attack on October 7, Hamas fighters killed 1,200 people and took 253 prisoners.

The government of Israel recalled its Ambassador to the United Nations, Gilad Erdan, after UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres declined to organize a meeting to discuss accusations of rape committed by Hamas fighters during their attacks in Israel on October 7, 2023.

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