Thu. Jun 20th, 2024

The Israeli war on the Gaza Strip is entering its eighth month, and hundreds of thousands of Palestinians are suffering from the lack of safe areas to which they can flee the bombing.

They face a severe food shortage, which puts their lives and the lives of their children at risk due to both bombing and hunger.

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, described the level of destruction in Gaza as a result of Israeli practices as “unprecedented and completely unacceptable.”

He stressed in an interview with NHK TV that the Israeli military operation is being carried out in a way that causes huge numbers of civilian casualties and severe damage to civilian infrastructure.

Guterres stressed the need to respect international law, international humanitarian law and the rule of law, calling on Israel to comply with the decisions of the International Court. He added that this is not just an opinion, but rather a binding legal decision.

Action Against Hunger warned on Wednesday that the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip was escalating rapidly and stressed that survivors of the ongoing bombing were facing death from starvation.

The organization published a report entitled “After 33 weeks of conflict…food in Gaza is running out,” warning that the famine declaration would come too late and there would not be much that could be done then.

The organization indicated that only ten bakeries operate in the Strip and that they are at risk because cooking fuel will soon run out.

She explained that although the United States built a new naval pier, the entry of goods and aid is still limited.

The organization called for a permanent and immediate ceasefire, considering it the first step towards protecting civilians and relief workers.

On May 24, the International Court of Justice issued a ruling to stop the Israeli military attack in Rafah, based on a lawsuit filed by South Africa. The court also ordered Israel to keep the Rafah crossing open to provide aid to the Palestinian population.

International warnings of the scarcity of food aid in Gaza have escalated for months, especially after the Israeli army took control of the Palestinian side of the Rafah crossing, which was the only remaining crossing for the entry of aid, in addition to the temporary port established by the American forces, which stopped its work two days ago due to the strong waves that washed away the port. Part of it.

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