Blinne Ni Ghralaigh, a lawyer representing South Africa at the International Court of Justice, said that on average, 247 Palestinians are being killed and are at risk of being killed each day. They include 48 mothers daily and more than 117 children daily.
Ghralaigh was presenting her arguments at the ICJ public hearings on the request for the indication of provisional measures submitted by South Africa against Israel’s “genocide” in Gaza.
Ghralaigh has told the ICJ that “there is an urgent need for provisional measures to protect Palestinians in Gaza from the irreparable prejudice caused by Israel’s violation of the genocide convention”.
On Thursday, Gaza’s Ministry of Health said at least 23,469 Palestinians have been killed and 59,604 injured in Israeli strikes on Gaza since October 7. In the most recent 24-hour reporting period, Israeli forces carried out 10 mass killings in the territory, causing 112 deaths and 194 injuries, the ministry added.
About 7,000 people remain missing under the rubble and are presumed dead.
“The UN secretary-general and its officials describe the situation in Gaza as ‘a crisis of humanity’, ‘a living hell’, ‘a bloodbath’, a situation of utter deepening and unmatched horror where an entire population is besieged and under attack, denied access to the essentials for survival on a massive scale,” she said.
“As an undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs stated last Friday, ‘Gaza has become a place of death and despair’,” Ni Ghralaigh added.
Listing out the dire situation in Gaza, Ghralaigh explained that at the current rate, at least three medics, two teachers, more than one UN employee, and more than one journalist will be killed every day in Gaza. The lawyer warned of a “public health disaster” unfolding in Gaza as “infectious diseases are spreading”.
“Experts warn that deaths from starvation and disease risks are significantly outnumbering deaths from bombings.”
“Each day, an average of 629 people will be wounded. Some, multiple times over as they move from place to place, desperately seeking sanctuary. Each day, at least 10 Palestinian children will have one or both legs amputated … many without anaesthesia,” she added.