Palestinian woman Wafaa Tabasi holds her twin malnourished daughter Sameera, At al-Awda health centre in Rafah.

Israel using starvation as ‘weapon of war’: UN

Palestinian woman Wafaa Tabasi holds her twin malnourished daughter Sameera, At al-Awda health centre in Rafah.

Palestinian woman Wafaa Tabasi holds her twin malnourished daughter Sameera, At al-Awda health centre in Rafah.

A combination picture shows Palestinian boy Fadi al-Zant looking on before suffering from malnutrition in an undated handout photo (L) and al-Zant lying on a bed after being malnourished at Kamal Adwan hospital.

A combination picture shows Palestinian boy Fadi al-Zant looking on before suffering from malnutrition in an undated handout photo (L) and al-Zant lying on a bed after being malnourished at Kamal Adwan hospital.

Palestinian woman Wafaa Tabasi holds her twin malnourished daughter Sameera, At al-Awda health centre in Rafah.

Palestinian woman Wafaa Tabasi holds her twin malnourished daughter Sameera, At al-Awda health centre in Rafah.

A combination picture shows Palestinian boy Fadi al-Zant looking on before suffering from malnutrition in an undated handout photo (L) and al-Zant lying on a bed after being malnourished at Kamal Adwan hospital.

A combination picture shows Palestinian boy Fadi al-Zant looking on before suffering from malnutrition in an undated handout photo (L) and al-Zant lying on a bed after being malnourished at Kamal Adwan hospital.

Palestinian woman Wafaa Tabasi holds her twin malnourished daughter Sameera, At al-Awda health centre in Rafah.

Palestinian woman Wafaa Tabasi holds her twin malnourished daughter Sameera, At al-Awda health centre in Rafah.

The UN said Tuesday that Israel’s severe restrictions on aid into war-ravaged Gaza coupled with its military offensive could amount to using starvation as a “weapon of war”, which would be a “war crime”.

UN human rights chief Volker Turk denounced the rampant hunger and looming famine in Gaza.

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