Attacks on Rafah Persist Despite ICJ Order: Deaths Reported in Renewed Gaza Assault

Rafah, Gaza Strip – Despite a recent ruling by the International Court of Justice ordering Israel to halt its military offensive in Rafah, attacks by Israeli forces continue with multiple deaths reported in central and northern Gaza. The relentless strikes on the Shaboura camp and areas surrounding the Kuwaiti Hospital in Rafah have resulted in casualties, including individuals who have been taken to the hospital for treatment.

The ICJ’s ruling emphasized the significant risk posed to the 1.4 million Palestinians seeking shelter in Rafah, with more than 800,000 residents already displaced since Israel initiated the offensive on May 7. The escalating violence in Gaza has led to a mounting death toll among Palestinians and exacerbated a humanitarian crisis marked by internal displacement and severe food insecurity affecting much of the population.

Criticism of Israel’s actions has come from various international figures, with the UN special rapporteur on the occupied Palestinian territories calling for sanctions against Israel for defying the court’s order. The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, has rejected the accusations of genocide brought against the country, further escalating tensions in the region.

In northern Gaza, attacks on vulnerable populations have intensified, with strikes hitting a school serving as a shelter for displaced individuals in Jabalia refugee camp. The Palestinian news agency reported at least 10 people killed and 17 injured in the assault, adding to the growing casualty count in the area.

As the violence continues to grip Gaza, Israeli forces have targeted residential areas across the territory, resulting in civilian casualties and destruction of homes. The situation has been further exacerbated by the siege of Kamal Adwan Hospital, preventing medical staff from adequately treating patients and leaving some individuals trapped inside the facility.

Meanwhile, in Wadi Gaza, Israeli quadcopters targeted Palestinians seeking aid, causing additional fatalities and exacerbating the dire humanitarian situation in the region. The lack of access to essential services and supplies, compounded by the ongoing violence, has pushed Gaza to the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe.

The United Nations and humanitarian organizations have called for an immediate ceasefire and the delivery of vital aid to Gaza to alleviate the suffering of its population. With the situation rapidly deteriorating, urgent action is needed to mitigate the impact of the conflict and prevent further loss of life in the embattled region.