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UN’s top court orders Israel to allow unhindered aid into Gaza “without delay”

Amy Cassidy and Lauren Izso

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ordered Israel to enable the unhindered flow of aid into Gaza “without delay” to avert a famine, as the number of Palestinians starving to death rises inside the besieged enclave.

In a unanimous decision, the world court issued additional provisional measures against Israel, in the ongoing genocide case brought by South Africa. The court compelled Israel to allow more aid into Gaza in light of famine “setting in.”

The ICJ voted that Israel should allow “urgently needed basic services and humanitarian assistance” into Gaza, including access to food, water, electricity, fuel, shelter, clothing, hygiene and sanitation requirements, and medical supplies.

It reaffirmed its original ruling earlier this year that Israel should take measures to prevent genocide in the Palestinian enclave.

Condemned to starvation: Israel’s severe restrictions on aid entering Gaza have drained essential supplies.

UN experts accused Israel of “intentionally starving” Palestinians in Gaza.

What does Israel say? Israel has called allegations that it is blocking aid into the strip “wholly unfounded.”

Israel insists there is “no limit” on the amount of aid that can enter Gaza, but its inspection regime on aid trucks has meant that only a tiny fraction of the amount of food and other supplies that used to enter Gaza daily before the war is getting in now.

Gaza is facing a hunger crisis

Half of Gaza’s population is projected to face catastrophic hunger by mid-July, with all 2.2 million people unable to meet their food needs.

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