Israel may be using starvation as ‘weapon of war’, a ‘war crime’ – UN

Boys sit with empty pots as displaced Palestinians queue for meals provided by a charity organisation ahead of the fast-breaking "iftar" meal during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in Rafah. (Photograph: Said Khatib / AFP)

The UN warned Tuesday that Israel’s severe restrictions on aid into war-ravaged Gaza and its ongoing hostilities could mean it is using starvation as a “weapon of war”.

“The extent of Israel’s continued restrictions on entry of aid into Gaza, together with the manner in which he continues to conduct hostilities, may amount to the use of starvation as a method of war, which is a war crime,” UN rights office spokesman Jeremy Laurence told reporters in Geneva, adding that the final determination of whether “starvation is being used as a weapon of war” would be determined by a court of law.