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France proposes sanctions, Turkey halts exports, Germany limits weapon sales to Israel

France proposes sanctions, Turkey halts exports, Germany limits weapon sales to Israel

Amid a deepening humanitarian crisis in Gaza, international pressure intensifies on Israel to ease restrictions on aid access, with France's Foreign Minister, Stéphane Séjourné, advocating for potential sanctions to ensure the flow of humanitarian assistance into the region facing imminent famine.

Séjourné emphasized the urgent need for action, stating that "levers of influence" must be utilized, including the possibility of sanctions, to compel Israel to allow aid through checkpoints. France has been at the forefront of advocating for EU sanctions on Israeli settlers involved in violence in the West Bank and vows to continue such efforts to ensure the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza.

The United Nations' human rights chief, Volker Turk, recently condemned Israel's restrictions on aid to Gaza, suggesting that they may constitute a starvation tactic amounting to a potential war crime. Reports from UN-backed sources indicate that famine looms in the northern half of Gaza, with the number of people facing severe hunger doubling in recent months.

Israel, however, denies obstructing aid delivery, attributing shortages to logistical challenges faced by humanitarian organizations or alleged diversion of supplies by Hamas. Aid agencies counter these claims, citing logistical obstacles, damaged infrastructure, and bureaucratic controls imposed by Israel as significant hindrances to delivering essential aid.

Amidst these developments, Germany's stance on the issue has sparked debate. While the country remains committed to defending Israel's security and existence, concerns have been raised regarding its approach to the humanitarian situation in Gaza. Germany's legal team acknowledges the delicate balance between supporting Israel and addressing the dire conditions in Gaza.

Germany has taken steps to limit its export of weapons to Israel, issuing only a few licenses since October, primarily for defensive purposes. However, questions arise regarding potential breaches of international law if further exports were authorized.

Legal experts in Germany are engaged in discussions over the jurisdiction of courts to address allegations of complicity in genocide, considering the complexities of the situation in Gaza. The debate underscores the challenges faced by countries navigating their support for Israel while confronting humanitarian crises in the region.

As the death toll in Gaza continues to rise, with thousands of casualties reported, the urgency to address the humanitarian catastrophe becomes increasingly apparent. Calls for international action intensified, urging Israel to facilitate the delivery of vital aid to alleviate the suffering of the Palestinian population in Gaza.

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