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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights accuses Israel and Hamas of struggle crimes

The assaults by Hamas and related armed teams in October 2023, but additionally the present siege of Gaza by Israel, represent struggle crimes, says a report offered this Thursday by High Commissioner Volker Türk to the Human Rights Council of the UN.

“The blockade imposed on Gaza is collective punishment, it may amount to the use of famine as a weapon, and both of these things, committed intentionally, are war crimes,” Türk commented when presenting the report on the fifty fifth session of the Council.

The doc additionally considers the assaults and torture of civilians perpetrated by Hamas on October 7 and eight, in addition to the indiscriminate launching of projectiles into Israeli cities throughout the present battle, as struggle crimes. The October assaults “were shocking and totally unjustifiable (…), but so is the brutality of the Israeli response,” the Austrian excessive commissioner pressured in his speech.

That response from Israel has included “an unprecedented level of killing and maiming among Gazan civilians, including against UN staff and journalists, a humanitarian crisis caused by restrictions on aid, and the displacement of at least three-quarters of the population of the Strip,” he acknowledged. The scenario is “incomparably worse” than earlier than, though Türk additionally recalled that the Palestinians have suffered “56 years of Israeli occupation with deeply discriminatory control systems.”

In the Gaza Strip the scenario is aggravated by “16 years of blockade that in practice have left 2.2 million people in captivity, destroying the local economy,” he acknowledged.

The excessive commissioner took benefit of his intervention to warn towards a doable large-scale Israeli navy operation in Rafah, within the excessive south of Gaza, since, in his opinion, if it materializes, “it will take the Strip to a new dystopian dimension.” on condition that 1.5 million displaced Gazans are crowded into that space. “A ground assault could potentially cause great loss of life, more atrocious crimes and new displacements to unsafe areas,” Türk warned.

“I cannot understand how such an operation could comply with the provisional measures issued by the International Court of Justice,” mentioned the excessive commissioner, referring to the ruling of the Hague court docket that urged Israel in January to take all crucial measures to stop a genocide in Gaza.

Türk has additionally highlighted the intense scenario within the West Bank, the place since October 7 greater than 7,000 Palestinians have been arbitrarily detained, 3,400 of them with out trial in sight and greater than 600 held incommunicado. “Israeli leaders must accept the right of Palestinians to live in an independent State, and those of Palestine must take into account Israel's right to exist in peace and security,” concluded the Austrian excessive commissioner. (EFE)