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ICJ orders Israel to open Gaza crossings for aid amid war

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

Following the ongoing humanitarian crisis and increasing concerns about the possibility of famine in Gaza, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ordered Israel to open more land crossings to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza.

The court, on Thursday, March 28, unanimously ordered Israel to take all necessary and effective measures to ensure the timely delivery of essential foodstuffs to Palestinians in Gaza.

Judges of the International Court have stated that Palestinians in Gaza are facing difficult conditions, and hunger is on the rise in the enclave.

In the order issued on Thursday, the court refrained from officially recognizing what is termed as a famine occurring in Gaza but stated in its declaration: “The court observes that Palestinians in Gaza are not only at risk of famine… but famine is occurring.”

Meanwhile, Al Jazeera has reported, citing the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, that at least 31 people, including 27 children, have died due to malnutrition and water scarcity.

This is the second order issued by the International Court of Justice regarding a case in which South Africa accuses Israel of genocide. In January of this year, the World Court ordered Israel to refrain from any actions that could be construed as genocide under the Genocide Convention and ensure that its soldiers do not engage in any acts of genocide against Palestinians in Gaza.

Both orders of the court have been deemed necessary to be enforced.

While famine is occurring, the International Court’s issuance of this order compels Israel to continue severely restricting the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza and to continue its military assault initiated over five months ago.

The order issued on Thursday states that this can be done “by increasing the capacity and number of land crossings and keeping them open as long as necessary.” The court has ordered Israel to provide a report one month after this order to explain the details of how the judgment will be implemented.

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