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October 7 Crimes Against Humanity, War Crimes by Hamas-led Groups

Hamas’ military wing – the Qassam Brigades – and at least four other Palestinian armed groups committed numerous war crimes and crimes against humanity against civilians during the October 7, 2023 assault on southern Israel. Governments with influence over the armed groups should press for the release of civilian hostages, an ongoing war crime, and for those responsible to be brought to justice.