Ahead of ICJ ruling, Israel attacks Rafah

  • The Israeli army intensify its assault on Rafah as the International Court of Justice says it will rule on Friday on a request by South Africa to order Israel to implement a ceasefire in Gaza, including in the southern city.
  • Israeli forces kill 12 Palestinians in two-day raid on Jenin, in the occupied West Bank.

    Israel must investigate reports of torture of Palestinian detainees: UN expert

    The UN special rapporteur on torture, Alice Jill Edwards, has called on Israel to investigate multiple allegations of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of Palestinian detainees since October 7.

    Edwards said in a statement that she had received allegations of people being beaten up, kept blindfolded in cells and handcuffed for long periods.

    She also received reports of some detainees being deprived of sleep, threatened with physical and sexual violence, insulted and exposed to humiliating acts, including “being photographed and filmed in degrading poses”.

    “I am particularly concerned that this emerging pattern of violations, coupled with an absence of accountability and transparency, is creating a permissive environment for further abusive and humiliating treatment of Palestinians,” Edwards said.

    “Those responsible at all levels, including commanders, must be held accountable, while victims have a right to reparation and compensation.”

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