Israel continues its military offensive on Rafah. According to the British newspaper The Guardian, citing the French agency AFP, the Israeli army bombed the region during the early hours of this Saturday, despite the fact that the International Court of Justice this Friday ordered the Israeli Government to “immediately” stop the attacks on said territory.

Rafah, which is located in the southern Gaza Strip, on the border with Egypt, is the main entrance for humanitarian aid to the Strip. More than a million people displaced from the north and center of the enclave have taken refuge there during the conflict. Given the insistence of the Israeli army’s attacks, around 800,000 have been forced to leave again to the new “humanitarian zones” designated by Israel, Al Mawasi. The International Court of Justice assured yesterday in its order issued that the humanitarian situation in Gaza is “disastrous” and that the measures taken by Israel in Rafah – such as the creation of Al Mawasi or the evacuation orders for the city – are not sufficient.

The Israeli army, on the other hand, has not yet confirmed this Saturday’s attacks. The daily report of the Defense Forces reports “operational activities in specific areas of Rafah” yesterday, which, according to the statement, ended “a terrorist cell that opened fire on its troops.” Israel assures that its activity in the area is limited to the search for Hamas weapons and infrastructure. However, medical sources in the enclave have warned of another air attack launched in recent hours in the city bordering Egypt.

The Hague court’s order calls on Israel to “immediately stop its military offensive and any other action in Rafah,” in addition to keeping the city’s border crossing open so that medical supplies, food and basic services can enter. that Gazans “urgently need.” The only hospital that remains operational in the area is the Kuwait Specialty Hospital. This morning, its director asked the World Health Organization to guarantee the arrival of fuel to the complex to be able to continue providing medical services. “We hope that the Court’s decision will put pressure on Israel to end this war of extermination, because there is nothing left here,” Oum Mohammad al-Ashqa, a Palestinian woman from Gaza City displaced to AFP, told the French agency AFP. Deir al-Balah for the Rafah offensive.

Meanwhile, dozens of people have also died in other areas of the Strip. An Israeli bombing of a residential apartment in the Nuseirat refugee camp has killed at least four civilians, according to Wafa. Ten Palestinians, including children and women, were killed this morning in an Israeli airstrike against a house in the town of Beit Hanoun, north of the enclave. The agency also reports civilian deaths in Yabalia. “IDF troops continue their operational activity in Yabalia. “During the last day, troops dismantled terrorist infrastructure, launch sites and military structures and located numerous weapons,” the Israeli army statement said.

On the other hand, the Gaza Ministry of Health has reported that the number of deaths in the Gaza Strip since the beginning of the conflict on October 7 now amounts to 35,903 people. There are 80,420 injured and hundreds of Gazans remain missing under the rubble of the bombings, according to the ministry statement.

The Government of Spain reminds Israel that the orders of the UN court “are mandatory”

José Manuel Albares, Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, recalled this morning that the ICJ orders “are mandatory.” “We demand its application”, he has declared in a message that he has shared on his X profile. All decisions of the court in The Hague are, indeed, legally binding, but the body lacks direct implementation mechanisms.

Furthermore, the Minister of Defense, Margarita Robles, stated this Saturday that what Gaza is going through “is an authentic genocide.” “Spain is always very supportive of what is happening in the world, we cannot forget that people are dying in Ukraine, it is being a tremendous war, nor ignore what is happening in Gaza, which is a true genocide,” he said. Robles stated in statements to RTVE collected by Europa Press. She said it in Oviedo, where the Armed Forces Day parade is being held this year. She is the first government representative to use this term to describe the situation in the Strip.


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