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UNRWA chief calls on Israel to approve food deliveries to Gaza amidst famine warnings

In a recent development, Philippe Lazzarini, Commissioner-General of UNRWA, has urged Israel to allow aid convoys to reach northern Gaza and open additional land crossings for aid delivery amid famine warnings. The International Court of Justice also ordered Israel to ensure basic aid reaches the Palestinian population in Gaza.

Lazzarini called on countries to pressure Israel to implement the court’s order and reconsider funding decisions for the agency. He emphasized the need for urgent action to prevent famine in Gaza as the living conditions of over two million people continue to deteriorate, making dignified living impossible.

The ICJ ruling on Thursday followed a previous order on January 26, instructing Israel to prevent acts of genocide against Palestinians in Gaza. South Africa filed a case against Israel on December 29, 2023, for alleged violations of obligations under the 1948 Genocide Convention regarding Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

Israel’s offensive against Hamas and the siege on Gaza came after a Hamas rampage in southern Israel on October 7, 2023, resulting in deaths and hostages. Donor countries suspended funding to UNRWA after Israel accused agency employees of involvement in the attack, leading to a loss of financial support despite some countries reinstating funding based on unverified claims.

The situation in Gaza remains dire, with individuals and families facing worsening conditions. The call for action to prevent famine and ensure aid reaches those in need continues as international organizations and countries strive to support the Palestinian population in the besieged enclave.

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