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The President of the High Council of State meets with the Sudanese ambassador to Libya.Death Toll from Israeli Aggression in Gaza Reaches 31,819 MartyrsUN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Projected imminent famine in Gaza can and must be prevented

Tripoli: The President of the High Council of State, ‘Mohamed Takala,’ accompanied by the Council’s rapporteur, ‘Belkacem Debres,’ met today, Tuesday, with the Sudanese ambassador to Libya, Dr. ‘Ibrahim Mohamed Ahmed,’ and his accompanying delegation at the Council’s headquarters.

The media office of the High Council of State stated that the meeting discussed the humanitarian situation in Sudan, the situation of the Sudanese community in Libya, and the conditions of the displaced as a result of the security situation in Sudan.

Source: Libyan News Agency

The Ministry of Health in Gaza announced that the death toll from the Israeli war on the Strip had risen to 31,819 martyrs and 73,934 injured since 7 October 2023.

The ministry said that the Israeli occupation forces committed 9 massacres against families in the Gaza Strip, of which 93 martyrs and 142 injured arrived at hospitals during the past 24 hours.

The ministry pointed out that there are still a number of victims under the rubble and on the roads, where ambulance and civil defense crews cannot reach them.

The Israeli occupation continues its ongoing aggression against the Gaza Strip by land, sea, and air for the 165th consecutive day, which has caused more human suffering to the residents of the Strip, especially during the holy month of Ramadan

Source: Oman News Agency

GENEVA: The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Trk said that the projected imminent famine in Gaza can and must be prevented.

In a statement on the risk of famine in Gaza, he said: ‘The alarm bells sounded over the past months by the UN, including my Office, have not been heeded. This catastrophe is human-made and was entirely preventable.’

The situation of hunger, starvation and famine is a result of Israel’s extensive restrictions on the entry and distribution of humanitarian aid and commercial goods, the displacement of most of the population, as well as the destruction of crucial civilian infrastructure, he added.

‘Dangerous coping strategies are already emerging, in the face of starvation. Law and order is breaking down as people become increasingly desperate, and children have reportedly been sent to make the dangerous journey from northern to southern Gaza, unaccompanied in the desperate hope that they will find food and support among the 1.8 million people already displaced there.’

l’s now 16-year-old blockade of Gaza has already had a severe impact on human rights for the civilian population, leaving the local economy devastated and creating a dependence on aid, stressed the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. ‘The extent of Israel’s continued restrictions on the entry of aid into Gaza, together with the manner in which it continues to conduct hostilities, may amount to the use of starvation as a method of war, which is a war crime.’

‘Israel, as the occupying power, has the obligation to ensure the provision of food and medical care to the population commensurate with their needs and to facilitate the work of humanitarian organizations to deliver that assistance. Israel must ensure that the population can access this aid in a safe and dignified manner. International human rights law imposes a similar obligation,’ he said.

‘The clock is ticking. Everyone, especially those with influence, must insist that Israel acts to facilitate the unimpeded entry and distribution of needed human
itarian assistance and commercial goods to end starvation and avert all risk of famine.’

He stressed that there needs to be a full restoration of essential services, including the supply of food, water, electricity and fuel.

‘And there needs to be an immediate ceasefire.’

Source: Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA