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ICJ orders Israel to stop preventing ‘delivery of urgently needed’ aid

FILE PHOTO: Judges at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) rule on emergency measures against Israel following accusations by South Africa that the Israeli military operation in Gaza is a state-led genocide, in The Hague, Netherlands, January 26, 2024. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw/File Photo

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Thursday ordered Israel to provide immediate, unhindered delivery of aid to Gaza as part of new provisional measures issued in a genocide case brought by South Africa. The fresh ICJ order also calls on Israel, as a signatory to the Genocide Convention, to undertake those measures, “including by increasing the capacity and number of land crossing points and maintaining them open for as long as necessary”.

The ICJ unanimously adopted the order for the unhindered provision by all parties of “urgently needed basic services and humanitarian assistance, including food, water, electricity, fuel, shelter, clothing, hygiene and sanitation requirements, as well as medical supplies and medical care to Palestinians throughout Gaza.

Israel should carry out the order “without delay, in full cooperation with the United Nations”, the court said.

The court also decided that Israel shall submit a report to the ICJ on all measures within one month.


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