ICJ orders Israel to halt military assault on Gaza

The UN court demanded access for aid and investigations

KUALA LUMPUR – In a landmark ruling, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ordered Israel to immediately stop its military attacks on Palestinians sheltering in Rafah, citing the “catastrophic” humanitarian situation in Gaza as a direct result of the Zionist regime’s aggression.

The United Nation’s (UN) top court also demanded Israel to open the Rafah crossing to enable humanitarian aid and food to be delivered to the Palestinians under siege and that investigators are allowed access to investigate allegations of genocide as requested by the Republic of South Africa in its application in January.

In its media statement released from The Hague dated today, the ICJ instructed Israel to “immediately halt its military offensive and any other action in the Rafah Governorate, which may inflict on the Palestinian group in Gaza conditions of life that could bring about its physical destruction.”

The ICJ demanded for the Zionist regime to “maintain open the Rafah crossing for unhindered provision at scale of urgently needed basic services and humanitarian assistance,” as well as “take effective measures to ensure the impended access to the Gaza Strip of any commission of inquiry, fact-finding mission or other investigative body mandated by competent organs of the UN to investigate allegations of genocide.”

According to the court, the catastrophic humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip has seriously deteriorated since the ICJ came out with the provisional “plausible genocide” ruling on 28 March of alleged war crimes against Israel.

“After weeks of intensification of military bombardments of Rafah, where more than a million Palestinians had fled as a result of Israeli evacuation orders covering more than three quarters of Gaza’s entire territory, on 6 May 2024, nearly 100,000 Palestinians were ordered by Israel to evacuate the eastern portion of Rafah and relocate top the Al-Mawasi and Khan Younis areas ahead of a planned military offensive.”

“The military ground offensive in Rafah, which Israel started on 7 May 2024, is still ongoing and has led to new evacuation orders. As a result, according to UN reports, nearly 800,000 people have been displaced from Rafah as at 18 May 2024.”

At least 35,800 Palestinians have been killed, more than two-thirds children and women, and 80,011 wounded, since the Zionist regime of Israel intensified their military aggression via air and ground offensives under the pretexts of responding to resistance fighters Hamas’ incursion into its territory on Oct 7 that killed 1,139 Israelis, mostly military personnel.

Thirteen of the 15 judges who presided the ICJ ruling agreed that the situation in Rafah is exceptionally dire, and that they do not believe Israel’s claim that they are providing safety and humanitarian access to the Palestinians.

“The court is not convinced that evacuation efforts and related measures that Israel affirms to have undertaken to enhance the security of civilians in the Gaza Strip, and in particular those recently displaced from the Rafah Governorate, are sufficient to alleviate the immense risk to which the Palestinian population is exposed as a result of the military offensive in Rafah.”

The ICJ gave Israel a month to submit a report on all measures that the court demanded in the ruling.

Agencies reported that the order by ICJ against Israel was welcomed by South Africa and the Palestinian Authority.

A spokesperson to the Palestinian Authority was quoted saying that the ruling represented an international consensus to end the war against the people of Gaza. – TMR

Dayang Norazhar

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