UN envoy cites ‘inhuman’ treatment of Palestinian detainees by Israeli forces in West Bank

Amy Spiro is a reporter and writer with The Times of Israel

Pramila Patten, the UN special representative on sexual violence in conflict, says her office collected information about “cruel, inhuman and degrading” treatment of men and women Palestinian detainees by Israeli security forces in the West Bank, “including sexual violence in the forms of body searches, threats of rape.”

She adds the comments while presenting a report into sexual crimes carried out by Hamas on October 7.

“The mission was a difficult one in terms of what we heard and the details,” she says. “We saw a catalog of the most extreme and inhumane forms of torture and other horrors.”

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