Israel may be using starvation as ‘weapon of war’: U.N.

Syllabus: GS-II, Subject: International Relations  Topic: Global issues, Issue: War crimes

Context: Palestinians in Gaza are facing crisis levels of hunger, particularly during the holy month of Ramadan.


  • United Nations human rights accused Israel of using starvation as a “weapon of war.”
  • Israel’s restrictions on aid to Gaza, coupled with its military offensive, could constitute a war crime.
War Crimes:

●   War crimes are violations of International Humanitarian Law (treaty or customary law) that incur individual criminal responsibility under international law.


●   Torture, rape, intentional killing of civilians and prisoners of war.

●   Withholding necessary items for the survival of captured individuals.

Geneva Conventions:

o   It guides in establishing humanitarian standards for treating those affected by war.

o   This includes laws for the protection of civilians during wartime, including relief workers.

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