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UNHC for Human Rights warns against Israel’s blockade against Gaza

Geneva, Oct 10 (Prensa Latina) United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk warned on Tuesday that the total blockade announced by Israel against the Palestinian Gaza Strip is forbidden by international humanitarian law.

“The imposition of sieges that endanger the lives of civilians and deprive them of goods essential for their survival are illegal under international law,” he stressed in a statement.

Israel launched bombings against Gaza, one of the most densely populated territories in the world, in recent days in response to a surprise attack by the Hamas militia over the weekend, actions that left at least 1,600 deaths on both sides of the border. the vast majority civilians.

Israeli Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant, in turn, on Monday announced the total blockade of the Strip, where nearly 200,000 people were displaced by the bombings.

“No electricity, no water, no gas, everything is closed,” Gallant said in his message in Hebrew.

In this context, the World Health Organization on Tuesday demanded the opening of a humanitarian corridor to the Gaza Strip, a measure it described as necessary for the shipment of essential medical products.

Israel’s reaction to the Hamas attack, which has raised worldwide condemnation, generates concern and complaints for pointing to collective punishment that has become a common practice against the occupied Palestinian people.