Blinken: Israel ‘acted inconsistent’ with international law

Blinken: Israel ‘acted inconsistent’ with international law

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Sunday that there are instances where Israel has “acted inconsistent with their obligations under international humanitarian law” in the war in Gaza referring to a report released by the Biden Administration on Friday.

Israeli forces pushed deeper into Gaza’s southern city of Rafah on Sunday and battled Hamas in parts of the devastated north that the military said it had cleared months ago but where militants have regrouped.

Warnings continued against the growing offensive in Rafah, considered the last refuge in Gaza for more than a million civilians as well as Hamas’ last stronghold.

Some 300,000 people have fled Rafah following evacuation orders from Israel, which says it must invade to dismantle Hamas and return scores of hostages taken in the October 7, 2023 attack against Israel that sparked the war.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken reiterated opposition to a major military assault on Rafah, telling NBC that Israel is “on the trajectory potentially to inherit an insurgency with many armed Hamas left” without an exit from Gaza and postwar governance plan.

The expanding Rafah operation has drawn warnings from neighbouring Egypt, whose foreign ministry said it intends to formally join South Africa’s case at the International Court of Justice alleging Israel is committing genocide in Gaza, which Israel rejects.

The statement cited “the worsening severity and scope of the Israeli attacks against Palestinian civilians.”

  • PublishedMay 12, 2024

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