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It’s possible that Israel broke international law by using munitions in Gaza – US

May 13, 2024 | International | 0 comments

The United States has raised concerns regarding potential violations of international humanitarian law by Israel during its recent military operation in Gaza, marking a significant criticism of its longstanding ally. Due to the chaotic nature of the conflict, the Biden administration stated it couldn’t verify specific instances of alleged breaches.

This assessment was part of a 46-page unclassified report submitted to Congress as mandated by a National Security Memorandum issued by President Biden in early February. Tensions between the US and Israel have escalated over Israel’s intentions to strike Rafah, a move strongly cautioned against by Washington.

In a notable policy shift, the Biden administration has halted one arms package and is reviewing others, although reaffirming its enduring support for Israel. The State Department’s report acknowledged credible accounts of civilian casualties but couldn’t definitively determine if any laws were violated.

Despite Israel’s reliance on US-made defense equipment, the report noted a lack of complete information from Israel regarding the specific use of these assets during alleged violations in Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem.

However, the administration still considers Israel’s assurances regarding the lawful use of US weapons as credible. The report also highlighted Israel’s initial lack of cooperation in enhancing humanitarian aid to Gaza. However, it didn’t constitute a breach of US laws on arms provision to countries impeding humanitarian assistance.

Israel has taken steps to improve aid delivery following warnings from President Biden to Prime Minister Netanyahu. Health officials in Gaza report over 34,000 Palestinian fatalities during Israel’s ongoing assault, which began in response to Hamas attacks on October 7, resulting in significant casualties and abductions, according to Israeli sources.

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