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After 7 Weeks Of Silence, UN Chief Agrees To Investigate Hamas’ Sexual Violence

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The United Nations will investigate sexual violence allegations against Hamas terrorists by Israel, following a plea from Israel.

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres stated that reports of sexual violence must be vigorously investigated and prosecuted, in response to Israel’s request for an investigation.

The statement was met with criticism from the Israeli Ambassador to the U.N., who accused the Secretary-General of trying to appease critics. (Trending: Disgraced Democrat Sued For Sexual Assault)

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said the crimes, “must be vigorously investigated.”

“There are numerous accounts of sexual violence during the abhorrent acts of terror by Hamas on 7 October that must be vigorously investigated and prosecuted,” said the U.N. official.

Adding, “Gender-based violence must be condemned. Anytime. Anywhere.”

Guterres’ statement was met with swift criticism from Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Gilad Erdan, who said the secretary-general was trying to satisfy critics.

“The Secretary-General’s words only sharpen the fact that when it comes to Israeli women, sexual violence that has been proven by state authorities still needs to be ‘investigated,'” responded Ambassador to the U.N. Gilad Erdan.

“For him, when it comes to Israeli women, you can doubt the facts and wait 55 days to call an unknown party to conduct an ‘investigation,’” alleged Erdon.

Erdon continued, “The Secretary-General was merely trying to calm the justified anger of many around the world for his silence and the silence of the UN.

“Surprisingly, when it comes to the claims of Hamas and the ‘Gaza Ministry of Health’ against Israel regarding the humanitarian situation in Gaza, for him there is no doubt and no need for ‘investigations,’” claimed the Israeli official.

“I once again invite the Secretary-General to come, unequivocally condemn Hamas for committing these shocking crimes, and act to open an investigation against Hamas,” said Erdon about an invite to visit Israeli authorities.

Israel plans to provide evidence of Hamas’ alleged sexual crimes at an upcoming U.N. event and has previously urged the international body not to remain silent on the issue.

Israeli officials and a professor have accused U.N. rights bodies of downplaying and minimizing sexual violence.

Guterres did not specify when the investigation would begin or how long it would last.

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