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Sexual violence Hamas committed on Oct. 7 ‘beyond anything that I’ve seen’

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Sunday that the evidence of sexual violence by Hamas terrorists on October 7 is “beyond anything I have seen.”

Appearing on CNN's “State of the Union,” Blinken asked the host why the United Nations and the international community have been slow to condemn atrocities despite mounting evidence of rape and sex crimes committed by Hamas in Israel. Mr. Jake Tapper asked the question. She will compete against women and girls, and possibly against men on October 7th.

“I've heard that there's a theory that anti-Semitism is the reason why the United Nations and the international community have been slow to recognize this. What do you think?” Tapper asked.

“I don't have the answers. I don't know why countries, leaders and international organizations have been slow to focus on this issue and get people's attention. I'm glad it's finally happening,” Blinken said. “The atrocities we saw on October 7 are almost beyond human explanation and beyond our ability to digest. And we've talked about them before. But… The sexual violence we saw on October 7th exceeds anything I've seen either. “

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The United States alone on Friday blocked a UN resolution in the UN Security Council calling for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza.

The vote by the 15-nation council was 13 to 1, with Britain abstaining. The isolated US position reflects a deepening rift between the US and some of its closest allies over Israel's months-long bombing of Gaza. France and Japan were among the countries that supported calls for a ceasefire.

In a futile effort to pressure the Biden administration to reverse its opposition to calls for a cessation of fighting, the foreign ministers of Egypt, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey all visited Washington on Friday. But the meeting with Blinken took place after the U.N. vote. The Biden administration on Saturday also bypassed Congress and rushed $106.5 million worth of tank ammunition to Israel after Congress failed to pass aid amid a debate over border security funding. It was revealed that

“As Israel continues this campaign, we want to make sure that we continue this campaign… Remember, they committed their most heinous atrocities on October 7th, and they We are dealing with terrorist organizations that have made it clear that they will do this over and over again, given the opportunity,'' Blinken said on Sunday. “Israel therefore needs to be able to address this issue in order to protect itself and prevent October 7 from happening again. But in doing so, it is essential to protect civilians. be.”

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Present in Washington on Friday, December 8, 2023, from left, Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al Maliki, and Qatar's Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim. Prime Minister Al Thani and Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Faisal bin. Farhan, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Martin)

UN rejects resolution calling for immediate ceasefire in Gaza

“And the important thing here is to make sure that military operations are planned around the protection of civilians and, you know, to make sure that we advocate for weeks in advance to get humanitarian assistance.” “During the humanitarian moratorium for the release of hostages, we helped negotiate and we were able to double that,'' the Secretary continued. . “But what matters now is this, even though Israel has taken additional measures, for example by designating a safe zone in the south and focusing on evacuations in neighborhoods rather than entire cities.”

He also cited “the gap between the intent to protect Palestinian civilians and the actual results we are seeing on the ground in Gaza.”

Smoke rises in Gaza

Smoke rises from the town of Khan Yunis after an Israeli military attack on December 10, 2023. (AP Photo/Mohamed Daman)

“What we don't see enough is a couple of things. One is making sure that the humanitarian workers there, including the United Nations, are acting heroically; “It's about making sure that activists are setting the time, place and route for conflict resolution. Aid is getting to those in need in Gaza,” Blinken said.

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“Similarly, we need to see the same kind of deconfliction. Time stops. There is not one designated route, but multiple. And we need to know when it is safe and where to move to avoid harm. It's about clarity of communication to let people know what they're doing safely before they go home. We are working on it.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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