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Irish deputy PM denounces Israel blocking of UNRWA aid to northern Gaza

March 25, 2024 at 2:52 pm

Palestinians including children face extreme hunger as the food distributed by charity organisations are not delivered to people due to the ongoing humanitarian aid blockade in Rafah, Gaza on February 1, 2024. [Abed Zagout – Anadolu Agency]

Irish Deputy Prime Minister, Michael Martin, said on Monday Israel’s blocking of UNRWA aid deliveries into northern Gaza is “completely unacceptable”, Anadolu Agency reports.

“On humanitarian access to Gaza, (UN Secretary-General) Antonio Guterres is crystal clear; blocked aid is a ‘moral outrage’. The use of starvation as a weapon of war is a blatant violation of international humanitarian law,” he said on X.

Israel has waged a military offensive on the Gaza Strip since a cross-border attack by Hamas in which some 1,200 Israelis were killed.

However, since then, it has been revealed by Haaretz that helicopters and tanks of the Israeli army had, in fact, killed many of the 1,139 soldiers and civilians claimed by Israel to have been killed by the Palestinian Resistance.

More than 32,200 Palestinians have since been killed and over 74,500 injured besides causing mass destruction, displacement and shortages of necessities.

Israel is accused of genocide at the International Court of Justice, which in an interim January ruling ordered Tel Aviv to stop genocidal acts and take measures to guarantee that humanitarian assistance is provided to civilians in Gaza.

It is mulling a ground invasion into Rafah, and also working on an evacuation plan for the nearly 1.5 million Palestinians who are seeking refuge in Gaza’s southern-most city.

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