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UN special envoy slams Israel for 'genocidal intent turned into action'

Francesca Albanese, the UN special rapporteur to Palestine, slammed Israel for using "humanitarian camouflage" in its deadly attack on al-Nuseirat refugee camp, during which four Israeli captives were recovered and more than 200 Palestinians were killed. 

Israel is alleged to have entered the area inside humanitarian aid trucks. 

"Israel has used hostages to legitimise killing, injuring, maiming, starving and traumatising Palestinians in Gaza. And while intensifying violence against Palestinians in the rest of the occupied territory and Israel," Albanese said in a post to X social media.

Albanese went on to slam the Israeli government for not doing more to secure a ceasefire earlier. 

"Israel could have freed all hostages, alive and intact, 8 months ago when the first ceasfire and hostage exchange was put on the table. Yet, Israel refused in order to continue to destroy Gaza and the Palestinians as a people. This is genocidal intent turned into action. Crystal clear."