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Two weeks after the return of the first abductees, today (Sunday) a summary report was published on the health condition of the 112 abductees who have returned so far from Hamas captivity. The document, which is being issued to mark Human Rights Day, details the problems and medical complications of the abductees, with information taken both from the testimonies of the abductees who returned and from the medical examinations conducted upon their return to Israel.
According to the report, Hamas committed several violations of international law while holding abductees. These violations included "extreme psychological and physical violence, including brutal sexual assault and mutilation, torture, starvation and forced dehydration."
The report indicates that many of the abductees suffered isolation and separation from their parents and other family members. The hostages were imprisoned in tunnels and small spaces, many of whom were threatened with pistols, beaten with fists, and had their skin burned. Also, as reported during Eitan Yahalomi's time, Israeli children were forced to watch footage of the October 7 massacre and atrocities.
Children were forced to watch footage of the massacre. The Abductees Return to Israel/Reuters
The report contains a special section relating to the sexual abuse experienced by the abductees. For the first time, the report states that abductees "provided evidence revealing that both men and women had suffered violent sexual assaults in captivity." The report highlights that abductees who have suffered sexual assault face a higher risk of physical harm and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV (AIDS). It was also reported that women are particularly vulnerable to serious harm following sexual assault.
Another section relates to the poor nutrition suffered by the captives. According to the abductees' testimonies, their diet consisted of only one or two servings a day, lacking nutrients and with insufficient calories. In addition, they were also not provided with clean drinking water. The abductees who were released reported that they were able to obtain only a limited amount of sandy and salty water, sometimes only one small bottle a day. Doctors treating discharged patients reported significant and rapid weight loss, ranging from 8 to 15 kg, which is 17-10% of the previous body weight, over a short period of 14 to 50 days.
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Sexually assaulted abductees and abductees, Hamas and PIJ terrorists/official website, Al-Jazeera
During the brutal abduction, many abductees suffered extreme forms of violence, widespread torture, mutilation, and disfigurements. According to the report, the terrorists left the captives with serious injuries such as gunshot wounds, amputations and open open wounds. It was also reported that some of the abductees were forced to walk or run barefoot, which could have caused additional injuries, fractures and orthopedic problems.
The authors of the report emphasize that in the absence of good medical care, abductees are at risk of infection from open wounds. If left untreated, these infections can become life-threatening. Testimonies of the released abductees highlight a worrying lack of care for the wounded of many who remained in captivity. Alarmingly, the few abductees who received medical treatment while in captivity reported poor treatment, as well as surgery by a veterinary surgeon, further undermining their healing and rehabilitation processes.
The report also addressed the lack of necessary treatment and medication for abductees still held captive by Hamas. Of the 137 abductees remaining in captivity, at least a third suffer from previous chronic illnesses that require ongoing medical care denied to them, again in complete contravention of their basic human rights, according to the report. These diseases include diabetes, asthma, osteoporosis, anemia, inflammatory bowel disease, skin diseases, Addison's disease, recurrent urinary tract infections, hypothyroidism, heart disease, epilepsy, hypertension, cancer and more. Some of the abductees suffer from diagnosed mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
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