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UN Says Starvation in Gaza Could Amount to War Crime

March 29, 2024

Gaza's Hamas-run health ministry says more than 32,000 Palestinians have been killed. (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Cited article by BBC.

HRRC vehemently denounces the withholding of vital humanitarian aid to Gaza and calls for stringent accountability measures to ensure equity and justice prevail.

News Brief

A UN-backed report has shown that the humanitarian crisis in Gaza is turning into a man-made famine, increasing pressure on Israel to fulfill its legal responsibilities to protect Palestinian civilians and allow adequate supplies of humanitarian aid to reach those in need. Volker Türk, the UN's highest human rights official, attributed significant blame onto Israel and suggested that there was a "plausible" case that Israel was using starvation as a weapon of war in Gaza. However, Israel's economy minister, Nir Barkat, dismissed Türk's warnings as "total nonsense" and insisted that Israel was letting in all aid offered by the US and the rest of the world. The absence of adequate supplies has forced Jordan, the US, and the UK to drop aid from the air, which has led to drownings and crushed parachutes. Türk condemned the Hamas attacks on Israeli civilians and soldiers on October 7 but emphasized that no side in the war should evade accountability for its actions, including withholding aid supplies.


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