(FixThisNation.com) – On Monday, a U.S. official alleged that the reason why Hamas was choosing not to release any more civilian women from the hostages taken from Israel was in order to stop them from giving their testimony about the sexual violence that had been committed against them.
During a press briefing, Matthew Miller a spokesperson for the State Department noted that Hamas was responsible for the end of the temporary ceasefire with Israel on Friday after they refused to release the hostages that had been kidnapped from Israel on October 7.
Miller then alleged that the reason why the group was choosing not to turn any of the women over was because they did not want to have them talking about what had occurred during their time in custody. This was a reference to possible sexual violence that the women might have faced.
As he argued there was very little he would not expect from Hamas when it comes to the treatment of civilians, especially women.
Israeli officials have launched a probe into Hamas potentially using sexual violence as a tool of war. Specifically, they are looking at whether the group had targeted Israeli women as part of the Oct. 7 attack on Israel.
Miller claimed that the Biden administration did not have any reason to doubt the truthfulness of the reports that had emerged about the sexual violence committed against women and other civilians by the Palestinian militant group. However, the statements made by Miller mark a departure from the statement made by other U.S. officials who have commented on the end of the temporary cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.
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