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PRCS: Hiding of military forces inside an aid truck is considered a war crime

Tuesday 11-June-2024


The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) warned of the dangers posed by the Israeli use of a humanitarian aid truck as cover for military operations.

Last Saturday, Israeli occupation forces used an aid truck to infiltrate the Nuseirat camp in central Gaza, which then led to the killing of hundreds of people.

The Nuseirat massacre resulted in the killing of 274 people, including 64 children and 57 women, in addition to injuring around 700 others.

Israel’s actions are troubling for several reasons. Using a trusted source for people trapped in the conflict is a violation of international humanitarian and customary law, which prohibits the crime of perfidy. The hiding of military forces inside an aid truck is considered a war crime against civilians. The occupation forces deceived people by pretending to be giving aid, the PRCS said in a statement issued Monday.

The second reason is that it destroys the trust of the civilian population in those who are delivering aid. This again puts humanitarian aid workers and health care workers at risk, the PRCS added.

“These actions come at a time when people living in Gaza desperately need aid, amid suffering from acute food insecurity and ongoing concern of imminent famine,” it said.

PRCS called on the international community to hold the Israeli occupation authorities accountable for their actions.

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