Friday 29 March 2024 - 13:49

ICJ to “Israel”: Let Humanitarian Aid into Gaza Without Delay

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ICJ to “Israel”: Let Humanitarian Aid into Gaza Without Delay
The order on Thursday comes just two weeks after South Africa requested that the ICJ issue additional provisional measures against Israel in light of reports of widespread starvation.

South Africa hauled “Israel” before the ICJ, also called the World Court, late last year declaring that the regime was committing genocide in the war on Gaza.

In January, the ICJ issued an interim ruling on the emergency measures requested by South Africa, ordering “Israel” to take all measures to prevent genocide in Gaza, but stopped short of ordering a ceasefire.

The ICJ said Thursday “Israel” must take “all necessary and effective measures to ensure, without delay, in full cooperation with the United Nations, the unhindered provision at scale by all concerned of urgently needed basic services and humanitarian assistance.”

Since January 26, it said, “the catastrophic living conditions of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have deteriorated further, in particular in view of the prolonged and widespread deprivation of food and other basic necessities to which the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have been subjected.”

The additional measures run counter to “Israel's” claim that it is not blocking aid deliveries to Gaza. The court unanimously mandated “Israel” to increase the number of land crossings into Gaza and keep them open for "as long as necessary.”

It also ordered “Israel” to ensure with "immediate effect that its military does not commit acts which constitute a violation of any of the rights of the Palestinians in Gaza as a protected group” under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

The ICJ said “Israel” must submit a report on all measures it has taken to comply with this order, within one month from the date of the order.

The UN and other aid agencies have warned of imminent famine due to “Israel's” prevention of the land-based delivery of life-saving aid to Gaza.