October 7 | Al Jazeera

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– 20 Mar 2024 |

: Forensic analysis shows abuses, many false Israeli claims.

draws up a list of those killed in attack, but also finds certain claims repeated by Israeli politicians untrue.

's Investigative Unit (I-Unit) has carried out a forensic analysis of the events of , when fighters launched an incursion into that has transformed the of the .

 reveals widespread human rights abuses by fighters and others who followed them through the fence from the and draws up a comprehensive list of those killed.

But the by the I-Unit, which examined hours of footage from CCTV, dashcams, personal phones and headcams of killed fighters, has also found that many of the stories that came out in the days following the attack were false.

These include claims of atrocities such as the mass killing and beheading of babies as well as allegations of widespread and systematic rape – stories that were used repeatedly by politicians in and the West to justify the ferocity of the subsequent bombardment of the , which has so far killed nearly 32,000 people.

‘Cannot tell whether they are gunmen or hostages'

After a thorough analysis of all available data, the I-Unit concluded that claims by the Israeli army that it found eight burned babies at a house in Kibbutz Be'eri were untrue. The analysis found that there were no babies in the house, and the 12 people inside were almost certainly killed by Israeli forces when they stormed the building.

This was one of a number of incidents where the police and army appear to have killed Israeli citizens. The I-Unit identified 19 such victims, but the true figure is likely to be higher. It also identified 27 captives who died between their homes and the fence in circumstances that have not been explained.

Gun camera footage from Israeli Apache helicopters shows numerous strikes on vehicles and individuals making their way back to .

“My concern with this footage is we cannot tell whether they are gunmen or …. hostages. And I don't believe the helicopter pilot, or the machine gun operator would be able to tell either,” said Chris Cobb-Smith, a British army veteran and human rights researcher.

The film features an interview with Yossi Landau, the southern commander of Zaka, a volunteer organisation tasked with collecting bodies after the violence. The I-Unit confronts Landau with evidence that many of the stories of atrocities Zaka relayed to the media were highly questionable.

The I-Unit also examined claims that widespread sexual violence had occurred on . It concluded that while isolated rapes may have taken place, there was insufficient evidence to support allegations that rape had been “widespread and systematic”.

“To show that it was widespread and systematic, we would need a lot more evidence than has come to light to date and a lot more corroborative evidence than is being put out there,” says Madeleine Rees, general secretary of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

Source: October 7: Forensic analysis shows Hamas abuses, many false Israeli claims | Israel War on Gaza News | Al Jazeera


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