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Updated December 18th, 2023 at 23:01 IST

Gaza starvation: Israel accused of war crime by Human Rights watchdog

Human Rights Watch accused the Israeli government of employing the starvation of civilians as a method of warfare in the occupied Gaza Strip, a war crime.

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Human Rights Watch accused the Israeli government of employing the starvation of civilians as a method of warfare in the occupied Gaza Strip, a war crime. | Image:AP
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Human Rights Watch accused the Israeli government of employing the starvation of civilians as a method of warfare in the occupied Gaza Strip, a war crime, on December 18. Israeli forces were deliberately blocking the delivery of water, food, and fuel, willfully impeding humanitarian assistance, apparently razing agricultural areas, and depriving the civilian population of objects indispensable to their survival.

Human Rights Watch blames Israel for starvation

  1. Since October 7, 2023, Israeli officials, including Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and others, expressed intent to deprive Gaza civilians of food, water, and fuel.
  2. Israeli forces deliberately blocked the delivery of essential supplies, willfully impeded humanitarian assistance, razed agricultural areas, and deprived civilians of survival essentials.
  3. Human Rights Watch reported that Israel's actions constitute the use of starvation as a method of warfare, a war crime under international humanitarian law.
  4. High-ranking Israeli officials publicly endorsed the policy of depriving Gaza's population, linking humanitarian aid to political conditions.
  5. Interviews with displaced Palestinians in Gaza revealed profound hardships in securing basic necessities, with scarcity of water, lack of food, and exorbitant prices.
  6. The United Nations World Food Programme reported a high risk of famine in Gaza, with severe levels of hunger experienced by a significant percentage of households.
  7. Israel's continuing blockade of Gaza, ongoing for over 16 years, is deemed collective punishment, a war crime under international law.
  8. Israeli authorities blocked entry of fuel, leading to the shutdown of critical facilities, and resumed bombing Gaza after a seven-day ceasefire.
  9. Widespread damage to essential civilian infrastructure, including bakeries, mills, and water facilities, exacerbated the humanitarian crisis.
  10. Israel's military actions caused a devastating impact on Gaza's agricultural sector, making farming nearly impossible, with livestock facing starvation.
  11. The Israeli government is urged to cease using starvation as a weapon of war, lift the blockade, and allow essential supplies into Gaza. Concerned governments are called upon to respond urgently to the deepening humanitarian crisis.
     
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Published December 18th, 2023 at 23:01 IST

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