Spain calls for implementation of ICJ ruling amid escalating Gaza Conflict

“We demand its implementation. Also the ceasefire, the release of the hostages, and humanitarian access. The suffering of Gazans and the violence must end,” Albares stated, urging immediate action to alleviate the humanitarian crisis.

Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares has called on Israel to comply with the recent ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) regarding its military operations in Gaza. In a post on social media platform X, Albares emphasized the binding nature of the ICJ’s precautionary measures, which include the cessation of Israeli offensives in Rafah.

“We demand its implementation. Also the ceasefire, the release of the hostages, and humanitarian access. The suffering of Gazans and the violence must end,” Albares stated, urging immediate action to alleviate the humanitarian crisis.

Crisis at Kamal Adwan Hospital

In Gaza, the situation remains dire as Israeli forces continue to surround Kamal Adwan Hospital. Dr Hussam Abu Safiya, head of paediatrics at the hospital, informed Al Jazeera that the facility is out of service due to the ongoing siege. Despite reaching out to the Red Cross and UNICEF, Dr. Abu Safiya reported receiving no assurances of aid or intervention.

“Some patients and premature babies are still inside the hospital,” he said, highlighting the critical condition of those unable to evacuate. The hospital’s predicament underscores the broader crisis facing Gaza’s health system, which has become a primary target in the conflict.

Continued Hostilities in Rafah

Reporting from Deir al-Balah, Al Jazeera’s Hani Mahmoud described intense attacks and aerial bombardments by Israeli forces across the Gaza Strip, particularly in Rafah. Despite the ICJ ruling, Israeli military operations have not ceased.

“There were massive attacks across Rafah, particularly in the eastern and central parts, when the court was in session yesterday,” Mahmoud reported. The Israeli military confirmed that nine bombs were dropped on a single area in Rafah, an apparent assassination attempt.

Additionally, the military incursion has expanded westward, affecting areas such as the Shaboura refugee camp and Kuwaiti Hospital. These areas have experienced significant bombardment in recent months, resulting in severe damage to residential homes and public facilities, including vital roads leading to the hospital.

Spain’s call for the implementation of the ICJ ruling reflects growing international concern over the escalating violence in Gaza. The demand for a ceasefire, the release of hostages, and humanitarian access highlights the urgent need for a resolution to the conflict.

As the situation unfolds, the international community continues to watch closely, urging all parties to adhere to international law and prioritize humanitarian needs.