World Court Rules: Israel Must Act Now to End Gaza Famine and Lift Humanitarian Aid Blockade

Israel is instructed by the World Court to cease the Gaza famine

The International Court of Justice issued a ruling on Thursday, ordering Israel to take immediate action to end the famine in Gaza. The judges unanimously determined that Palestinians in the region were at risk of famine and that it was already taking hold. They demanded that Israel increase the capacity and number of land crossing points, keeping them open for as long as necessary to facilitate the flow of goods.

The decision came after South Africa requested these new measures as part of their case accusing Israel of state-led genocide in Gaza. However, a senior Hamas official expressed disappointment in the ruling, calling for more action such as ordering a ceasefire to end the suffering of the people in Gaza.

The UN Security Council had recently voted for an immediate ceasefire and the release of hostages, with the United States abstaining from the vote. Despite Israel claiming to be making efforts to expand humanitarian aid access to Gaza, aid agencies and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres have criticized insufficient efforts, with a large number of trucks still blocked at the border. Israel’s foreign ministry did not immediately comment on the World Court ruling.

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