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ICJ ruling ‘underlines gravity of the situation in Gaza’: HRW

The Human Rights Watch says the ICJ rulings show how bad things are in Gaza.

“The International Court of Justice’s order underlines the gravity of the situation facing Palestinians in Gaza,” said Balkees Jarrah from the US-based international rights group.

“This decision opens up the possibility for relief, but only of governments use their leverage to press Israel to urgently enforce the court’s measures.”

Water distribution strained in al-Mawasi: UNRWA

Although the al-Mawasi area in Gaza is serving as a declared evacuation zone for those forced to flee Rafah, aid workers are struggling to provide the most basic supplies, such as water, to the growing number of its inhabitants, according to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

Water distribution is complicated, UNRWA says, because there are not enough tankers to meet people’s needs and the only water source is in a remote area, far from people’s shelters.

In addition, with waste piling up and no safe landfill in the area, it is becoming more difficult to dispose of about 40 tonnes of rubbish accumulating daily, the agency said.

UN Security Council adopts resolution on protection of humanitarian workers

The UN Security Council adopted a resolution calling for the protection of humanitarian workers and UN personnel in conflicts.

From the 15 members of the council, 14 voted in favour with Russia abstaining.

The Swiss-sponsored resolution doesn’t single out any conflict, but comes as humanitarian workers are being killed in military attacks in Gaza, Ukraine, Sudan and other places.

According to the UN, more than 190 of its staff have been killed by the Israeli army in Gaza since October 7, the highest number in the organisation’s nearly 80-year history.

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South Africa’s president welcomes ICJ ruling on halting Rafah attack

However, President Cyril Ramaphosa says he remains concerned the United Nations Security Council has not succeeded in reducing human suffering in Gaza.

South Africa’s lawyers asked the International Court of Justice in The Hague last week to impose emergency measures, saying Israel’s attacks on Rafah must be stopped to ensure the survival of hundreds of thousands of Palestinian people trapped there.

Israel is pressing on with its attacks in Rafah despite “explicit warnings” they could carry “genocidal” consequences, South African lawyer Tembeka Ngcukaitobi said.

Israel has rejected South Africa’s claim it is violating the 1949 Genocide Convention.

‘Biden administration stands alone in full support for Gaza genocide’: CAIR

The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) “applauds” the rulings by the ICJ demanding an end to Israel’s attacks on Rafah.

“While the Biden administration stands alone in continuing to offer full support for Israel’s genocide in Gaza, the international community is increasingly pushing back against the slaughter, forced starvation and ethnic cleansing Israel’s far-right government is inflicting on the Palestinian people,” CAIR said in a statement.

“Israel is clearly attempting to make Gaza uninhabitable. It must be stopped from completing this monstrous goal. President Biden must honor this important ruling by immediately ending all military assistance to Israel’s genocide.”

The US-based civil rights group had earlier welcomed South Africa’s case at the ICJ seeking an end to Israeli attacks on Gaza along with South Africa’s requests concerning Rafah.