Israel Defies ICJ Order, Continuing Relentless Attacks on Rafah Despite Calls for Ceasefire

Gaza City, Palestine – The conflict in Gaza continues to escalate as Israel persists in its attacks on Rafah despite the recent order from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to halt the offensive. The violence has resulted in multiple fatalities in central and northern Gaza, with renewed bombings in the area.

In Rafah, the Shaboura camp and areas near the Kuwaiti Hospital were targeted, causing numerous casualties. The hospital, which is the only medical facility in the Rafah governorate still receiving patients, has appealed for urgent fuel deliveries to sustain its operations.

The ICJ’s ruling, aimed at protecting the 1.4 million Palestinians seeking refuge in Rafah, condemned Israel’s military offensive as a threat to the safety of the civilian population. Over 800,000 Palestinians have been displaced from Rafah since the beginning of the offensive on May 7, intensifying the humanitarian crisis in the region.

Despite international pressure to cease its attacks, Israel shows no signs of backing down. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced the ICJ ruling, dismissing allegations of genocide as “false and morally repugnant.” Calls for sanctions against Israel have been vocalized by the UN special rapporteur on the occupied Palestinian territories in response to the defiance of the court’s orders.

Further north in Gaza, attacks on civilian areas in Jabalia refugee camp and Beit Hanoon have resulted in additional fatalities, including women and children. The ongoing violence has forced many displaced individuals to flee once again, exacerbating the already dire situation in the region.

In Gaza City, airstrikes have targeted residential areas, claiming lives and causing significant damage. The relentless bombardments have left many neighborhoods, such as Sheikh Ajlin, Tal al-Hawa, and Zeitoun, under heavy shelling, with casualties continuing to rise.

Amid the escalating violence, Kamal Adwan Hospital in northern Gaza remains surrounded by Israeli troops, hindering the hospital’s ability to provide critical medical care to patients. Dr. Hussam Abu Safiya, head of the hospital’s paediatrics department, has highlighted the urgent need to lift the siege to ensure the safety and well-being of those inside the facility.

In central Gaza, quadcopter attacks in Wadi Gaza and airstrikes in Nuseirat refugee camp have further contributed to the mounting death toll in the region. The disruption of aid deliveries, coupled with the suspension of food distribution by the UN refugee agency for Palestinians (UNRWA), has deepened concerns about the humanitarian crisis gripping Gaza.

As the situation in Gaza reaches a critical juncture, international calls for a ceasefire and the prioritization of humanitarian aid have become more urgent. With the civilian population facing dire circumstances, efforts to de-escalate the conflict and address the pressing needs of the people in Gaza are vital to preventing further loss of life and alleviating the suffering in the region.