LIVING IN TERROR
Israel has also imposed a total siege, cutting off water, food and energy supplies for 2.3 million people in the Gaza Strip.
The crowded enclave’s only power plant also shut down on Wednesday after running out of fuel.
‘The declaration by the Israelis of a complete siege on Gaza could amount to collective punishment, which is very clearly prohibited under international humanitarian law,” said Ms Shamdasani.
“We are looking at a really difficult situation for the people on the ground.”
Dr Jason Hart, professor of humanitarianism and development at the University of Bath, agreed, describing the denial of access to water, food and basic supplies as a “severe violation of international law”.
“I think we need to see, very quickly, a turnaround in the actions and the speech of political leaders, certainly in Europe and North America, who have thrown their lot in entirely with Israel offering unconditional support, overlooking the atrocities now being committed against civilians in Gaza and actions that constitute war crimes,” he told CNA’s Asia Now on Wednesday.
“So they need to take a much more balanced approach to start to operate like honest brokers, and to push for an immediate ceasefire and cessation of hostilities from all sides.”