ICC Prosecutor Urges Israel to Ensure Access to Food and Medicine for Civilians
ICC Prosecutor Karim Khan has called on Israel to guarantee the availability of essential resources such as food and medicine for civilians in the ongoing conflict with Palestine. Khan warns that any limitations imposed on these basic rights could result in “criminal responsibility” under the Rome Statute. The prosecutor expressed his hope to visit both Gaza and Israel during his time in the region.
Concerns have been raised by aid agencies and organizations such as Oxfam, accusing Israel of employing “starvation as a weapon of war” in Gaza. While aid trucks have begun to enter Gaza, the amount provided thus far falls short of what is desperately needed, according to these agencies.
Currently, the ICC has “active investigations ongoing” into alleged crimes committed in both Israel and Palestine. It’s a harrowing reality that more than 8,005 Palestinians and over 1,400 Israelis have lost their lives since the start of the conflict.
Israel, however, has rejected the jurisdiction of the ICC and refuses to cooperate with the court. As a result, the effectiveness of any potential actions from the ICC remains uncertain. The court’s mandate only applies to potential crimes committed in the current conflict, seeking to bring justice to those affected.
This situation highlights the urgent need for international efforts to address the humanitarian crisis, ensure access to essential resources, and bring an end to the ongoing violence. The world will be closely watching as the ICC strives to investigate and address the alleged crimes committed in Israel and Palestine, hoping for a peaceful resolution to this enduring conflict.
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