Britain Issues Stern Warning to Israel over Gaza Famine Crisis

Last Updated on March 6, 2024 2:55 pm

In a significant diplomatic move, Britain has signaled its growing impatience with Israel over the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza. Foreign Minister David Cameron announced on Tuesday that he will deliver a stern warning to Israel regarding the “dreadful suffering” in Gaza, where the lack of aid is resulting in hunger-related deaths.

Cameron, set to meet Israeli war cabinet member Benny Gantz on Wednesday, expressed concerns about Israel’s handling of aid for Gaza, emphasizing that as the occupying power, Israel’s actions raise questions about its compliance with international law.

“We are facing a situation of dreadful suffering in Gaza,” Cameron stated before the House of Lords. “People are dying of hunger, people are dying of otherwise preventable diseases.”

The foreign minister highlighted the urgency of the situation, emphasizing that the risk of famine and disease had reached critical levels. He pointed out that the aid delivered to Gaza in February was only half the amount provided in January.

“The patience needs to run very thin, and a whole series of warnings needs to be given, starting with a meeting I have with Minister Gantz when he visits the UK tomorrow,” Cameron declared.

This warning follows recent calls for a ceasefire by Cameron, who has escalated efforts to address the crisis as Palestinian health authorities report a death toll of 30,000 people, with many on the brink of starvation. The United Nations has also sounded the alarm, urging action to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe.

Gantz, who received a similar message from U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris in Washington on Monday, was told that Israel must formulate a “credible” humanitarian plan for Gaza. Harris had previously characterized conditions in Gaza as “inhumane.”

While the UN and relief agencies accuse Israel of impeding aid delivery to Gaza, Israel contends that it is committed to improving the humanitarian situation and places blame on the UN for any delivery issues. Israel asserts that limitations on aid are contingent on the capacity of the UN and other agencies, and it denies accusations of blocking or restricting aid. The situation remains tense as diplomatic pressure intensifies to address the unfolding crisis in Gaza.

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