Israel used American weapons in contravention of international law

Mohamed Shalaby - | World

According to a report sent to Congress late Friday, the Biden administration determined that Israel most certainly violated humanitarian law when using weapons that were supplied by the US.

Additionally, the US government stated that there was no proof Israel was preventing humanitarian aid from getting to Gaza. Congress ordered the report, which was due on Wednesday. It stated, "This is an ongoing assessment, and we will continue to monitor and respond to any challenges to the delivery of aid to Palestinian civilians in Gaza going forward."

Israel responded to the Oct. 7 Hamas offensive, which claimed over 1,200 lives and left Gaza as one of the worst in the nation, by bombarding the region and reducing it to ruins.

It is estimated that around 35,000 Palestinians had died, the majority of whom were civilians.

According to the report, "it is reasonable to assess that Israeli security forces have used defense articles covered by NSM-20 since October 7 in instances inconsistent with its IHL obligations or with established best practices for mitigating civilian harm."

The report also stated that although Israel possesses the skills, training, and equipment necessary to apply best practices for minimizing civilian harm in military operations, the actual outcomes, such as high civilian casualty rates, raise serious doubts about whether the Israeli army applied these strategies consistently.

This week, the United States of America announced that it had put a halt to a shipment of 1,800 2,000-pound bombs and 1,700 500-pound bombs because Israel had not responded to some of the United States' concerns on a military operation in Rafah. Israel has made threats to attack Rafah in recent weeks, but the US has stated both openly and privately that it opposes such an operation and that there needs to be a solid strategy in place to protect civilians.

An estimated 100,000 Palestinians were told to leave Rafah by the Israeli army in anticipation of an impending military onslaught. Over a million Palestinians are thought to reside in Rafah, where they seek sanctuary from Israeli bombardment.

A White House official stated on Thursday that "smashing into Rafah... will not advance that objective" and that the US thought there were better methods to take on "what is left of Hamas in Gaza" than launching a significant ground invasion. Additionally, the US has issued a warning, stating that the US president will decide how much support to provide Israel if Israel moves into Rafah "in a big way." National Security Council spokesman John Kirby stated, "We hope they will carry out what they've told us about what they're going to do in Rafah, which is something of limited scale, scope, size, and duration."

killed civilians
According to the research, the fighting has caused an estimated 34,700 Palestinian deaths and 78,200 injuries. It has also forced the majority of Palestinians living in Gaza to flee their homes, leading to a dire humanitarian situation.

The Gaza Health Ministry, under the leadership of Hamas, is the source of these figures. They don't distinguish between civilians and militants.

According to the report, "Israel has faced an extraordinary military challenge: Hamas has deliberately embedded itself within and underneath the civilian population in order to use civilians as human shields."

Washington has made it plain that Israel must safeguard aid workers, ease the flow of humanitarian supplies, and reduce civilian casualties—even as it has backed Israel's right to defend itself against the ongoing danger from Hamas and the wider area.

About Author

Mohamed Shalaby
Mohamed Shalaby
69 Total posts

Read Also

WHO Regional Director: Syria's neglected health problem requires treatment

A senior WHO official stated that the world has forgotten about Syria's broken healthcare system and called for innovative solutions to stop the country's medical personnel from leaving.

“This is not a war economy.”Russian Economy Minister tells Hadley Gamble

Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak downplayed the effect of Western sanctions on his nation's economy in an exclusive interview with Hadley Gamble of Al Arabiya English. He cited the IMF's growth estimates of 3.2 percent...

On the last day of voting in Parliament,ballot boxes open in20European countries

As the war rages in Ukraine and anti-immigrant sentiment grows, voters in the European Union are worried that a potential tilt to the political right could impair the bloc's ability to make decisions. This is the reason why many are flocking to...

Why is immigration a big issue in the British elections?

One of the main battlegrounds of the forthcoming election will be immigration, as British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has promised to reduce immigration levels if his Conservative Party wins next month's election.

The President of India wins the elections and China congratulates him

Following Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's election victory on Wednesday, China congratulated him and said it was "ready to work" with its neighbor.

Israel is ready to take “strong measures” near the Lebanese border

During a tour of Israel's northern border with Lebanon on Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu declared that his country was ready for forceful action in the north. Tuesday saw fierce fighting erupt in Gaza following calls from...

Hunter Biden's ex-wife and family members appear in court on gun trial

In order to demonstrate to the jurors that Hunter Biden's drug addiction persisted at the time he purchased a firearm and, according to the prosecution, lied on a form to do so, federal prosecutors have spent hours presenting the jury with proof...

Early results indicate that India's Modi is headed for a diminished majority.

Even though Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's alliance is leading in the general election vote count, preliminary figures reveal that they will not achieve the landslide victory projected by the exit polls.

An Iranian advisor was killed in an Israeli raid on the Syrian city of Aleppo

According to Iranian media, an aide perished in an Israeli strike that claimed the lives of 16 members of pro-Iranian groups early on Monday in Aleppo, in northern Syria.

British Prime Minister pledges to limit immigration visas

Following the opposition's announcement of its plans regarding the crucial election issue, the ruling Conservative party on Monday unveiled proposals for new yearly limitations on work and family visas in an effort to reduce immigration.

Japan is at a loss over the size of cash payments to about 23 million people despite a fixed 2024 tax cut

Under the fixed-rate tax reduction system that began in June 2024, local governments will play a major role in implementing the project, along with businesses. This is because, in addition to the administrative duties for reducing resident taxes,...

Macron needs to do more to defuse the tension

The pro-independence political party of New Caledonia has informed French President Emmanuel Macron that it is unable to urge demonstrators to take down barriers around the French Pacific region because they are not confident Macron will abandon a...

Bharatiya Janata Party 2024 Live Updates

June 4, NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Early vote-counting patterns for Tuesday's general election suggested that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's alliance was capturing a majority of seats, but far short of the landslide anticipated in exit...

Elections in South Africa: What you should know before historic coalition negoti

The African National Congress, which helped free the nation from apartheid in 1994, lost its 30-year majority, but that is about all that has been determined by the election in South Africa.

US President Biden is preparing an order to close the asylum if the daily averag

According to multiple people familiar with the discussions, the White House is informing lawmakers that President Joe Biden is getting ready to approve an executive order that would close the US-Mexico border to asylum requests once the average daily...

Riyadh Air set to expand partnerships with more airlin

As Saudi Arabia's newest airline works to establish international relationships ahead of its market launch next year, Riyadh Air is broadening its network of collaborations with well-established carriers throughout the world.

A police officer was stabbed during the fight against terrorism in Germany

After being severely stabbed during an attack at an anti-Islamic gathering in Germany, a 29-year-old police officer passed away on Sunday.

EU Council introduces Major Changes to Schengen Rules

The Council of the European Union has finalized and approved a significant update to the Schengen Borders Code, introducing tighter border control measures and new health regulations for non-EU travelers.

Norway, Ireland, Spain Set to Recognize Palestinian Statehood on May 28

The recent decision by Ireland, Spain, and Norway to recognize a Palestinian state has ignited a diplomatic response from Israel, resulting in the immediate recall of Israeli ambassadors from these countries.

UAE: Non-resident Indians Exclusion in Indian Elections Sparks Expat Concern

The exclusion of non-resident Indians (NRIs) from participating in Indian elections is a pressing issue that demands immediate attention and reform.

Flood death toll rises to 126 in Brazil