US flags Israel's 'violation' of international law in Gaza as Rafah push deepens

The US flagged the possibility of an international humanitarian law violation by Israel as its US-made weapons were used during the war against Hamas in Gaza. This came as Israel continued with its offensive in Rafah.
US flags Israel's 'violation' of international law in Gaza as Rafah push deepens
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The Biden administration said on Friday that the use of US weapons by the Israeli military in Gaza may have violated international humanitarian law during its war against Hamas, in a strong-worded criticism of its ally. Amid this, Israel's war cabinet approved a "limited" expansion of the military offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah, local media reported.

The assessments were done in a 46-page unclassified US State Department report to Congress required under a new National Security Memorandum that President Joe Biden issued in early February, Reuters reported. The move could risk damaging US-Israel ties, with Washington repeatedly warning of repercussions in case Israel proceeded with a military offensive in Rafah.


On Friday, Israeli tanks captured the main road dividing Rafah's eastern and western sections days after the Jewish state captured the Palestinian side of the Rafah border crossing, a key point that millions of Palestinians depend on aid coming through trucks.

Meanwhile, the UN General Assembly on Friday voted 143 to 9 for a resolution asking the Security Council to make Palestine, which has "observer" status, into a full member. While India voted in favour of the resolution, 25 countries abstained. Nine nations, including the US and Israel, voted against it.

Source: ANI

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