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Brazil backs measures taken by Intl Court of Justice in Gaza

Brasilia, Apr 1 (Prensa Latina) The Brazilian Government on Monday backed the adoption by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) of new measures in the context of the case started by South Africa against Israel for the situation in the Gaza Strip.

In a statement, the Foreign Ministry refers to the ICJ’s March 28 order based on the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. The ICJ found that “the catastrophic living conditions of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have continued to deteriorate, particularly ahead of lengthy and widespread deprivation of food and other basic needs,” the text says.

It points out that Gaza is no longer just at risk of famine but starvation, with at least 31 people, including 27 children, are dying of malnutrition and dehydration, according to a recent report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

The Brazilian Government reports that the Court reaffirmed its January decision and urged Israel to take the necessary steps, in cooperation with the United Nations, to ensure the provision of essential services and humanitarian assistance to