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UN official urges probe into IOF soldiers’ assault on Palestinian women
UN official urges probe into IOF soldiers’ assault on Palestinian women
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West Bank, ALRAY - A United Nations official has called for an immediate investigation into media reports of Israeli occupation forces forcing five Palestinian women to strip naked during a raid on their home in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron on 10 July.


"This needs to be investigated by the relevant authorities, and we would be opposed to any form of collective punishment," deputy spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, Farhan Haq, told a press conference on Tuesday.


Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported Tuesday that Israeli occupation forces conducted a pre-dawn raid on the home of the Ajluni family in southern Hebron, intimidating and terrorising a total of 26 people, including 15 children aged between 4 months and 17 years old.


During the raid, masked female Israeli occupation soldiers, accompanied by police dogs, ordered five women to strip completely naked in front of their children, threatening to set the dogs on them if they refused to comply, according to an investigation by the Israeli human rights group, B’Tselem.


The strip-search incident has sparked a wave of anger among the Palestinian people and resistance movements amid calls for a response.


The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas condemned the assault and humiliation of five Palestinian women by the Israeli occupation forces as a “dangerous escalation”.


The Israeli occupation army commonly uses strip searches as a means of humiliating Palestinian citizens, often at checkpoints and, sometimes, during such raids on their homes.

The use of attack dogs to threaten Palestinian women into compliance has become a practice adopted by the Israeli occupation. It is seen as another level of humiliation and trauma against the Palestinian people