Send ‘World’s Armed Forces’ to Escort Aid Trucks into Gaza – South Africa (VIDEO)

South African Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor. (Photo: video grab)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

Naledi Pandor, South Africa’s Foreign Minister, says the world’s powerful armed forces should be instructed by their governments to escort all humanitarian aid trucks into the Gaza Strip.

South Africa’s Minister of International Relations, Naledi Pandor, has urged the world’s “powerful armed forces” to be sent to the Rafah border to escort humanitarian aid trucks into the besieged Gaza Strip.

“Those powerful armed forces of the world should be instructed by their presidents or prime ministers that they will go to the Rafah border and their soldiers will escort all those trucks into Gaza and the West Bank,” Pandor said in a press conference with Danish Foreign Minister Lars Rasmussen in Pretoria this week.

“And since these are very close friends of Israel, surely they will be allowed safe passage. I can’t imagine them being fired upon by the Israeli forces,” she said.

Dozens of children in Gaza have died of hunger and more than half a million Gazans face starvation, the UN agency for Palestine, UNRWA, said on Saturday.

The agency reported that a 50 percent reduction of aid deliveries into Gaza “stems from a lack of political will and security assurances from Israeli military operations amid the collapse of civil order.”

Pandor said her proposal “seems to me is the only way that we might get aid in because otherwise it will be a trickle.”

“More children will starve, more babies will be born with very serious harm to their health,” the minister warned.

At least 15 children have died of dehydration and malnutrition in the northern Gaza Strip, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza.

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Urgent ICJ Request

South Africa this week again filed an urgent request with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for the provisional measures the Court ordered on January 26, to be strengthened to prevent a catastrophic famine in the besieged enclave.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Presidency said the urgent application “has been necessitated by widespread starvation in Gaza, which has claimed the lives of at least 15 children in the past week alone, with the actual numbers believed to be much higher.”

“The situation is urgent. South Africa has no choice but to approach the Court for the strengthening of the Provisional Measures in place to try prevent full-scale famine, starvation and disease in the Gaza Strip, which experts predict may result in more than 85 000 deaths in the next six months, if nothing is done,” the statement read.

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Also this week, the UN special rapporteur on the right to food, Michel Fakhri, described Israel’s “intentional campaign of starvation” against the Palestinian people in Gaza as “genocide,” saying Israel is using food and hunger as a weapon.

“We see a campaign of starvation that started from the beginning of the war and continues to unfold today,” Fakhri said.

“There is no doubt that this is genocide and that this is a campaign and intentional campaign of starvation by Israel against the Palestinian people in Gaza.”

Staggering Death Toll

According to Gaza’s Ministry of Health, 30,960 Palestinians have been killed, and 72,524 wounded in Israel’s ongoing genocide in Gaza starting on October 7.

Moreover, at least 7,000 people are unaccounted for, presumed dead under the rubble of their homes throughout the Strip.

Palestinian and international organizations say that the majority of those killed and wounded are women and children.

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The Israeli aggression has also resulted in the forceful displacement of nearly two million people from all over the Gaza Strip, with the vast majority of the displaced forced into the densely crowded southern city of Rafah near the border with Egypt – in what has become Palestine’s largest mass exodus since the 1948 Nakba.

Israel says that 1,200 soldiers and civilians were killed during the Al-Aqsa Flood Operation on October 7. Israeli media published reports suggesting that many Israelis were killed on that day by ‘friendly fire.’

(The Palestine Chronicle)

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  1. The Israeli policy of starvation and disease has several precedents – in the US, in the “Indian” Reservations, “Indian” Agents regularly stole the supplies and sold them to line their own pockets, in spite of the supplies being guaranteed by treaty by the highest level of government. In the concentration camps in what is now South Africa, during the Boer War, the British Army locked up thousands of Boer families, where many ided. And in the Third Reich concentration camps, the authorities planned on letting hunger and disease kill, before giving nature a hand. Israel knows this; it is without excuse.

  2. The genocidal U.S. government could so easily arrange for its armed forces to escort all humanitarian aid trucks into the Gaza Strip, but, persistently refuses to do so, as a result of its endless allegiance to Israel.

    As for the International Court of “Justice”, not the slightest bit of justice has it delivered to the civilians of Gaza. This corrupt western institution (funded and controlled by the U.S.) has no intention of attempting to forcefully end Israel’s genocide against Gaza. On the contrary, the ICJ is minimizing Israel’s massive atrocities in every way possible.

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