West Asia (IP): Gaza residents detained by Israeli forces are coming back "completely traumatised" upon release and reporting abuses while in captivity, the head of the UN's Palestinian refugee agency has said.

Iran Press/ West Asia: Detainees reported being subjected to a "broad range of ill-treatment" including threats of electrocution, being photographed naked, sleep deprivation, and having dogs used to intimidate them, UNRWA chief Philippe Lazzarini told a media briefing on Monday.

The comments follow reporting by the New York Times on an internal investigation compiled by UNRWA staff documenting the state of returning detainees at the Karem Abu Salem border.

"We have seen these people coming back from detention, some of them for a couple of weeks, some of them for a couple of months, and most of them coming back (are) completely traumatized by the ordeal they have gone through," Lazzarini said.

"Several people have been... debriefed about their ordeal, and we have indeed (compiled) an internal report about their experiences."

The report had been shared with rights groups specializing in detention, he added.

Lazzarini's comments capped a tumultuous day during which Israel and UNRWA have traded accusations, with Israel accusing the agency of having employed more than 450 "terrorists."

Ahead of Lazzarini's comments, meanwhile, UNRWA said Israeli authorities had "detained several of its staff from the Gaza Strip," who later described abuses in custody.

"Our staff have reported atrocious events while they were detained and during interrogations by the Israeli authorities. These reports included torture, severe ill-treatment, abuse, and sexual exploitation," UNRWA said in a statement to AFP.

"Some of our staff have conveyed to UNRWA teams that they were forced to sign confessions under torture and ill-treatment" while being asked about Hamas's October 7 attack.

The "IDF denies general and unsubstantiated claims regarding sexual abuse of detainees in the IDF's detention facilities," the Israeli military said in a statement, using the abbreviation for the Israeli Defense Forces.204

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