Israel Faces New Pressure: ICJ Orders Immediate Provision of Basic Services to Palestinians in Gaza

Fresh Measures for Israel Issued by World Court as Gaza Crisis Intensifies

Gaza’s health ministry reports that more than 32,000 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli strikes. In December, South Africa accused Israel of genocide in Gaza, following ongoing attacks by Hamas in southern Israel. Nearly 1,200 people were killed, and over 240 were taken hostage. Now, the World Court has issued a new order in response to this request, calling on Israel to take necessary and effective actions to ensure the unhindered provision of basic services and humanitarian aid in Gaza.

The new measures put in place by the ICJ state that Israel must provide aid such as food, water, electricity, fuel, shelter, clothing, hygiene products, sanitation requirements, medical supplies, and medical care to Palestinians in Gaza urgently. Israel must work in full cooperation with the United Nations to provide this aid. The court has also instructed Israel to increase the capacity and number of land crossings and keep them open as long as necessary for aid delivery. Furthermore, the ICJ order calls on Israel to prevent its military from committing acts that violate the rights of Palestinians in Gaza. This includes preventing the delivery of urgently needed humanitarian assistance.

The UN Spokesperson has emphasized that all Member States must abide by the decisions made by the ICJ as it operates independently. The ICJ was established as the principal judicial organ of the UN

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