USA government officials speculate that Hamas has not released all of the female hostages because they don't want them to reveal the dreadful horrors they had to endure.
According to Israeli officials, Hamas is still holding at least 18 women captive. The negotiations between Israel and Hamas about an extended ceasefire ended last Friday, when the terrorists rejected the release of the remaining female hostages, offering to free old male captives instead.
The Israeli government has collected more than 1,500 testimonies from people who witnessed Hamas raping and sexually assaulting women on the 7th of October, when they carried out a surprise attack.
State Department Spokesman Matthew Miller gave an interview on the 4th of December, talking about the Israeli military manoeuvre to eliminate Hamas.
“We’ve obviously seen the reports that Hamas has committed sexual violence. They’ve committed rape. We have no reason at all to doubt those reports. When you look at all of the atrocities that Hamas carried out on the 7th of October and the atrocities that they’ve carried out since, the fact that they continue to hold women hostages, the fact that they continue to hold children hostages, the fact that it seems one of the reasons they don’t want to turn women over that they’ve been holding hostage and the reason this pause fell apart is they don’t want those women to be able to talk about what happened to them during their time in custody – certainly there is very little that I would put beyond Hamas when it comes to its treatment of civilians, and particularly its treatment of women.”
A 39-year-old eyewitness, Yoni Saadon, reported that he saw around ten Hamas soldiers beating and raping a woman. He said the woman had the “face of an angel,” and she screamed at the terrorists to just kill her. Saadon attended the Supernova Music Festival, where Hamas exterminated over 300 people and took hostages. He was hiding under the stage when he also witnessed the terrorists murder a young woman. He pulled her body over to him and smeared her blood on his face to make it appear to the terrorists that he was already dead. “I will never forget her face. Every night, I wake up to it and apologize to her, saying, ‘I’m sorry,'” Saadon said.