EU: Israel not complying with international law

Written by Henrik Rothen

Oct.17 - 2023 9:49 PM CET

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Israel not complying with international law according to EU.

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EU President Charles Michel states that Israel is not complying with international law when it attacks a hospital. This statement was made during a press conference following an extraordinary EU summit on Tuesday evening.

According to Ritzau, Michel also accuses Israel of violating international law by imposing a blockade on Gaza, affecting the civilian population.

On Tuesday evening, Israel received support from EU leaders to defend itself, but with the condition that it must be in accordance with international law.

Charles Michel confirmed that an attack on civil infrastructure is not in line with international law. He also criticized Israel for a total siege that cuts off basic infrastructure, access to water, electricity, and does not allow the delivery of food, stating that this is not in accordance with international law.

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, also attended the press conference but was not ready to assess whether Israel had violated international law. She stated that she had just been informed about the episode and needed confirmation before making any comments.

The European Council, consisting of heads of state and government, as well as Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel, does not clarify whether Israel has violated international law. It only states that EU leaders support Israel's right to defend itself, as long as it is in accordance with international law.