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HRW Accuses Israel of Using Starvation as a Weapon of War in Gaza as Sweeping Assault Continues

HeadlineDec 18, 2023

Israel is continuing its deadly attacks across the Gaza Strip, with mass casualties reported in densely populated areas, including the Jabaliya and Nuseirat refugee camps. As the death toll in Gaza nears 19,000, a new Human Right Watch report accuses Israel of using starvation as a weapon of war, which is a war crime. HRW says, “Israeli forces are deliberately blocking the delivery of water, food, and fuel, while willfully impeding humanitarian assistance, apparently razing agricultural areas, and depriving the civilian population of objects indispensable to their survival.”

The damning report comes as another road crossing into Gaza was opened this weekend. But the Karem Abu Salem, or Kerem Shalom, crossing had only allowed 24 trucks carrying medical supplies and fuel to enter as of earlier today. The trucks are required to go through an Israeli checkpoint, effectively delaying aid that used to pass much more freely through the Rafah crossing.

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