A 16-year-old girl was allegedly gang-raped by 30 men at a hotel in Israel, an attack the country’s prime minister called a “crime against humanity.”
Police say they have arrested two suspects so far, according to the Times of Israel.
The teen had gone out drinking with friends in Eilat last week before ending up at the hotel, where she used a bathroom, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.
She was allegedly then taken to a hotel room and repeatedly raped — while some of the men shot footage on their cellphones. Police said the teenager’s friend tried to help to no avail.
One suspect told police that 30 men had sex with the girl, but he claimed it was consensual, the Times of Israel reported.
The suspect, who is in his late 20s, was arrested Wednesday after police found video footage of the alleged attack and messages to the girl on his phone. He claimed someone else had been using his phone, authorities said.
A second suspect, also in his late 20s, was arrested Thursday morning.
The girl had first reported the alleged crime to police in Eilat last week but the case was largely unnoticed.
As more information came to light based on media coverage, protests in the big cities of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem on Thursday evening prompted Israel’s leaders – including the President and Prime Minister – to speak out against crimes against women.
“This is shocking, there is no other word. This is not only a crime against the girl, this is a crime against humanity itself that is worthy of all condemnation,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted Thursday. He called for the men to be “brought to justice.”
The country’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz this week condemned the alleged assailants.
“The police investigation is still under way, but it’s important that I convey a message to those who participated or bore witness to this case or others: The only thing you’ve proven is what depravity of your soul and morality you are capable of,” he tweeted.
“To the complainant, it’s important that I say: My heart is with you, you are not alone.”
The identities of the two arrested men have not been made public.
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