Kuwait slams Israeli threat

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KUWAIT CITY, Feb 10: Kuwait’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Saturday voiced extreme concern over the plans of Israeli occupation forces to attack Rafah City in the Gaza Strip following the forced displacement of its civilian population. In a press statement, the ministry restated Kuwait’s rejection of aggressive practices and displacement plans against the Palestinian people. It also echoed the country’s call for the international community and the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to live up to their responsibilities by protecting the disarmed Palestinian civilians and put international accountability mechanisms in place to stop continued Israeli violations of international law, international humanitarian law and international legitimacy resolutions. Jordan on Saturday warned against an Israeli occupation military operation on Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip, which is home to hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees, who were displaced by the ongoing Israeli aggression on Gaza. Jordan’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Sufyan Qudah said in a statement that Jordan refuses the displacement of Palestinians inside or outside their land, emphasizing the need for the war to stop and achieve a ceasefire while assuring the Palestinians’ protection.

Qudah called on the international community to take responsibility and accountability and take action to pressure the Israeli occupation to stop its continued war on the enclave. Israeli occupation’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered on Friday the occupation’s military to prepare for a military operation in Rafah in Gaza. Meanwhile, the body of 6-year-old Hind Rajab and five of her family members were discovered on Saturday, after the vehicle they were traveling in was surrounded by Israeli tanks for 12 days in the Tal Al-Hawa area, southwest Gaza City. According to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS), the bodies of paramedics Yousif Zaino and Ahmad Al- Madhoun, who went to rescue Hind were also found in the area. PRCS said that the Israeli occupation aggression deliberately targeted the ambulance, as it was found meters away from the vehicle that the child was in.

Hind and her cousin Layan survived after her family was shot by Israeli occupation force, after which Layan called emergency services to rescue her and Hind, before the call was cut off after hearing heavy gunfire in the background. The call’s recording was published by PRCS and the search for the child continued for 12 days. Alice Wairimu Nderitu, UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, reiterated Friday the call for a humanitarian ceasefire and protection of civilians in the Gaza Strip. In a news statement, Nderitu expressed profound horror at the ongoing situation in the Middle East and claims on violations of international law. She also underscored the need to intensify diplomatic efforts to bring the crisis to an end. “Civilians should never pay the price of a conflict for which they bear no responsibility,” she added. “Their most basic rights must be protected and preserved, and their humanitarian needs must be met,” she noted. She referred to the provisional measures ordered by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the case brought forward by South Africa against Israel on the prevention of genocide in the Gaza Strip.

Nderitu noted that neither the UN Secretary- General nor herself, as his Special Adviser, “take a position” about ongoing judicial proceedings before the Court. In the 26 January decision, the ICJ ordered Israel, inter alia, by its obligations under the Genocide Convention, “to take all measures within its power” to prevent the commission of acts within the scope of Article II of the Convention, including killing, causing serious bodily or mental harm, deliberately inflicting conditions of life calculated to bring about the group’s destruction, and imposing measures intended to prevent births. The Court also ordered Israel to “ensure with immediate effect that its military forces do not commit any of the above-described acts”.

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