UN Rights Official Says Gaza Detainees Ill-Treated, Humiliated by Israel 

Palestinians are silhouetted at sunset as they walk at a damaged section of the Al-Rashid coast road after crossing from northern to southern Gaza, Gaza Strip, 18 January 2024. (EPA)
Palestinians are silhouetted at sunset as they walk at a damaged section of the Al-Rashid coast road after crossing from northern to southern Gaza, Gaza Strip, 18 January 2024. (EPA)
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UN Rights Official Says Gaza Detainees Ill-Treated, Humiliated by Israel 

Palestinians are silhouetted at sunset as they walk at a damaged section of the Al-Rashid coast road after crossing from northern to southern Gaza, Gaza Strip, 18 January 2024. (EPA)
Palestinians are silhouetted at sunset as they walk at a damaged section of the Al-Rashid coast road after crossing from northern to southern Gaza, Gaza Strip, 18 January 2024. (EPA)

A UN human rights official on Friday called for an end to Israel's ill treatment of Palestinian detainees in Gaza, saying he had met men who had been held for weeks, beaten and blindfolded, with some released in diapers.

"These are men who were detained by the Israeli security forces in unknown locations for between 30 to 55 days," said Ajith Sunghay, a UN human rights representative told reporters by video link from Gaza, who met with released detainees in the enclave.

"There are reports of men who are subsequently released, but only in diapers without any adequate clothing in this cold weather."



Yemen's Houthis Say to Escalate Military Operations in Support of Gaza

A Houthi military helicopter flies over a cargo ship in the Red Sea. (Reuters)
A Houthi military helicopter flies over a cargo ship in the Red Sea. (Reuters)
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Yemen's Houthis Say to Escalate Military Operations in Support of Gaza

A Houthi military helicopter flies over a cargo ship in the Red Sea. (Reuters)
A Houthi military helicopter flies over a cargo ship in the Red Sea. (Reuters)

Yemen's Houthis will continue their military operations and escalate them "in quality and quantity" in support of Palestinians in Israel's war in Gaza, the Iran-backed group's leader Abdulmalik al-Houthi said in a televised speech on Thursday, Reuters reported.

The group have been attacking ships in the Red Sea region since November, forcing shippers to re-route cargo to longer and more expensive journeys around southern Africa.

The group later expanded the scope of its attacks to the Indian Ocean and said it would also target any ships heading towards Israeli ports in the Mediterranean Sea.