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South Africa Submits New Measures to ICJ Against Israel Due to Attacks on Rafah

South Africa has submitted an ‘urgent request for additional measures’ to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in connection with the ‘developing circumstances in Rafah.’

Despite the ICJ rulings warning the Israeli regime against committing acts of Genocide in Gaza, the occupation entity has instead intensified its attacks on the Strip, killing thousands of people, and is now seeking a ground operation in the densely populated Rafah.

The occupation entity has been ignoring  warnings from several countries including the US on proceeding with attacking Rafah, which holds nearly a million displaced Palestinians, who mostly fled to the Egyptian border after being forced to evacuate from Northern Gaza by the Israeli regime.

In a statement, South Africa’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Marthinus van Schalkwyk said, “The announcement of expanded military operations in Rafah, which has turned into a de facto refugee camp, further perpetuates the displacement of Palestinians and threatens civilians’ almost non-existent livelihoods. This completely disregards the order of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued on Jan. 26.”

He then affirmed that South Africa condemns all kinds of restrictions on humanitarian aid, accusing the Israeli regime for using starvation as a tool of war.

“This Council continues to witness the devastating effects of armed conflict on civilians, exacerbating humanitarian crises, as well as food and nutrition insecurity,” he said.

“This is a blatant disregard of international humanitarian law, especially non-protection of non-combatants caught in the crossfire, as well as the deliberate denial of access to humanitarian relief, which remains prevalent.” he added.

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