The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has issued a legally binding order demanding that Israel take immediate measures to ensure the uninterrupted provision of basic services and humanitarian assistance, including food, water, fuel, and medical supplies.

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomed the ICJ’s provisions, viewing them as a crucial step in challenging Israel’s defiance of international law. Describing the situation as the “kidnapping” of over two million Palestinians and their starvation, Palestinian officials labelled it an unprecedented crime against humanity.

According to Gaza’s Health Ministry, Israeli forces, in their attacks in the past 24 hours, have killed at least 71 Palestinians and wounded 112. At least 15 people were killed in an Israeli strike on a sports centre in Gaza City, while additional injuries were reported following the bombing of Saad bin Abi Waqqas Mosque in the Jabalia refugee camp.

Since 7 October, Israeli attacks have killed at 32,623 Palestinians and wounded 75,092.

Meanwhile, Belgium’s minister of development cooperation and urban policy, Caroline Gennez, has said that international pressure must be maintained to halt the suffering of civilians and children. Criticism has also been directed towards the international community for its failure to adequately protect civilians and provide necessary humanitarian assistance.

Head of the UN Palestinian refugee agency, Philippe Lazzarini, called on Israel to cooperate with the United Nations to facilitate the delivery of urgently needed humanitarian aid to Gaza.

In airstrikes in northern Syria’s Aleppo province, Israel killed at least 42 people, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.