The worst victims in Israel’s war in Gaza have been civilians. Laws to protect those who are not participating in hostilities have been ignored by both sides, leading to a tragedy of immense proportions
As Israel keeps bombing the hapless Palestinian population, high profile international bodies, such as the International Criminal Court and even the UN Security Council and the UN in general, have come up short. If they are so ineffective, why are they needed at all?
According to Israeli media by Day 6 of the attack, at least 1,300 Israelis have been killed and over 7,400 people in all wounded. The Gaza Health Ministry said 447 children and 248 women were among the 1,417 Palestinians killed by Israel Defence Forces. The IDF said it is holding 1,500 bodies of militants. And the body count is likely to grow as the end of war is nowhere in sight. Over 3,30,000 people in Gaza have been forced to flee their homes after Israel rockets and bombs hit residential buildings, according to the UN. More importantly, what are the international dimensions of the war?