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The International Court of Justice (ICJ) — known as the Hague Court — ordered, this Thursday (28), that Israel allow humanitarian aid access to Gaza, as a way of mitigating extreme hunger in the region. The decision was taken unanimously by the court, considered the highest in the United Nations (UN).

The position came days after Israel ignored the resolution for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza approved by the UN Security Council and after warnings regarding the urgent need to serve the Palestinian population, subjected to a routine of deaths, illnesses and misery.

According to the ICJ, Gaza “no longer faces just a risk of famine” — the court warns that “famine is setting in”. Although its decisions are legally binding, the court has no power to ensure compliance.

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A few days ago, the UN Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, also spoke about the issue and declared it “plausible” that Israel is using hunger as a weapon of war. The assessment was made during an interview with BBC News.

According to him, Israel has created a series of difficulties for humanitarian aid to reach the Palestinians. “All my colleagues in the humanitarian field continue to say that there is a lot of bureaucracy. There are obstacles. There are obstacles… Israel is significantly to blame.”

A report recently presented by the international network Integrated Food Insecurity Phase Classification highlighted that all 2.2 million people living in Gaza “face high levels of acute food insecurity”.

In 175 days of Israeli attacks on the Palestinian people — under the excuse of hunting Hamas members — there have been more than 32.5 million deaths and 75,000 injured. The numbers do not include around eight thousand bodies that, according to local authorities, may be under the rubble of buildings and constructions destroyed during Israel’s actions. Furthermore, according to UN observers, at least 31 people, of which 27 were children, died from malnutrition or dehydration.

With information from the BBC



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