Israel subverts all international laws and rulings in its attack on Rafah

The Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands, seat of the ICJ - BEN BENDER/WIKIPEDIA

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At least 45 people, mostly women and children, were killed and scores of others were injured when Israel bombed a tent camp for displaced Palestinians in Rafah late in the evening on 26 May. 

The tent camp in Tal al-Sultan was recently built by UNRWA [which provides education, healthcare and humanitarian aid to Palestinians] to shelter the Palestinians forced to move by Israeli forces from other parts of Rafah, and was a designated “safe zone”, Wafa News Agency reported.

Videos and visuals of tents burning and people desperately trying to locate their loved ones in the chaos circulated on social media, along with a ghastly video of a headless body of a child, which volunteers pulled from the rubble.

The attack was part of Israel’s increased assault on Rafah, particularly since the International Court of Justice (ICJ), as a provisional measure, asked Israel to stop such an attack on 24 May.

The ICJ, in its interim order, had asked Israel to stop its attacks and open the border crossing with Egypt, which has been shut by it since 7 May, hampering the flow of humanitarian aid in the war-ravaged region. 

The ICJ issued a provisional measure asking Israel to comply with the Genocide Convention and “immediately halt its military offensive and any other action in Rafah governorate which may inflict upon the Palestinian group in Gaza conditions of life that would bring about its physical destruction in whole and in part.”

The decision was backed by 13 out of the 15 judges in the ICJ. – Peoples Dispatch/Globetrotter News Service

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