ICJ Confirms Famine Crisis in Gaza and Orders Israel to Provide Urgent Aid

ICJ Urges Israel to Provide Humanitarian Aid to Gaza Amid Israel-Hamas Conflict

On Thursday, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued an order confirming that a famine is beginning to set in in the Palestinian territory, specifically Gaza. The court ordered Israel to provide urgent humanitarian aid to the region without delay and on a large scale.

The humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza has been exacerbated by a war triggered by an attack by Hamas in Israel. The majority of Gaza’s 2.4 million inhabitants face famine, according to the UN, with 100% of the population experiencing serious food insecurity. While humanitarian aid arrives in Gaza sporadically through land routes controlled by Israel, some countries are dropping supplies by air, sometimes at the cost of human lives.

South Africa filed a request before the ICJ on February 13, expressing grave concern over the further impact of Israel’s military offensive in Rafah, which it feared would lead to more casualties, injuries, and destruction. The country had previously accused Israel of committing genocide in Gaza and welcomed the ICJ’s decision to order Israel to prevent such acts. The ICJ’s orders are binding but have no means of enforcing them.

In response to South Africa’s request, the ICJ issued an order affirming that a famine is beginning to set in in the Palestinian territory specifically Gaza and ordered Israel to provide urgent humanitarian aid to the region. The court recommended that aid be provided by increasing the capacity and number of land crossing points and keeping them open as long as necessary.

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