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UN Says U.S. Broke International Law In Killing Soleimani

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The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extra-Judicial Executions Agnes Callamard says the U.S. broke international law in killing Iranian Quds Force, a U.S. designated Foreign Terrorist Organization, General Qasem Soleimani. Callamard’s report was submitted to the U.N. Human Rights Council on Monday and it will likely be discussed during a meeting planned for Thursday, according to Business Insider.

“Accordingly, in light of the evidence that the US has provided to date, the targeting of General Soleimani, and the deaths of those accompanying him, constitute an arbitrary killing for which, under IHRL, the US is responsible,” the report concluded, noting that the U.S. had “insufficient evidence provided of an ongoing or imminent attack” on U.S. officials in Iraq.

“Major General Soleimani was in charge of Iran military strategy, and actions, in Syria and Iraq. But absent an actual imminent threat to life, the course of action taken by the US was unlawful,” the report added.

Soleimani and his associates were killed in a U.S. targeted drone strike at Baghdad International Airport on January 2 after the U.S. had learned of his plans to conduct “imminent and sinister attacks” on Americans in the region.

He was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans and American-allies and thousands wounded in the region, according to the Pentagon.

The Pentagon also deemed Soleimani responsible for orchestrating attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad through Iranian-backed militias just days before he was killed.

“As President, my highest and most solemn duty is the defense of our nation and its citizens,” President Donald Trump said in his speech the day after the attack. “Last night at my direction, the United States military successfully executed a flawless precision strike that killed the number one terrorist anywhere in the world, Qassem Soleimani. Soleimani was plotting imminent and sinister attacks on American diplomats and military personnel, but we caught him in the act and terminated him.”

Trump added, “Under my leadership, America’s policy is unambiguous. To terrorists who harm or intend to harm any American: We will find you. We will eliminate you. We will always protect our diplomats, service members, all Americans, and our allies. For years, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and its ruthless Qods force under Soleimani’s leadership has targeted, injured and murdered hundreds of American civilians and servicemen.”

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Palestinians in Gaza stealing food aid before it can be delivered, ‘nothing getting through’

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The United Nations has proven to be incredibly trustworthy and bias against Israel as it fights for its survival against Hamas. Senior U.N. aid official Edem Wosornu said there were “insufficient supplies and fuel to provide any meaningful level of support to the people of Gaza as they endure Israel’s military onslaught against Hamas militants.”

However, food and medicine for Palestinians in Gaza are piling up in Egypt because the Rafah crossing remains closed and there has been no aid delivered to a U.N. warehouse from a U.S.-built pier for two days, reports Reuters.

National Review explains the issue: the food aid is getting stolen before it can reach the World Food Program warehouse . . . just eight miles away. Once the food aid leaves the pier, the United Nations, international partners, and the “humanitarian community” oversee getting the aid to those who need it most. And they’re getting robbed, hijacked, and mugged.

The Gaza Pier is complete and operational, which is what the Biden administration wanted, allowing for headlines such as: “U.S. military starts delivering aid to Gaza through floating pier” this past weekend. However, “what you’re not as likely to hear about is what happens to the aid after it leaves the pier” writes National Review.

Apparently some Palestinians stole so much of the aid from the first shipments that the following shipments are on hold until authorities can find enough security.

Reuters tells the grim tale:

Aid deliveries began arriving at a U.S.-built pier on Friday as Israel comes under growing global pressure to allow more supplies into the besieged coastal enclave. The U.N. agreed to assist in coordinating aid distribution from the floating pier, but has remained adamant that deliveries by land are the best way to combat the crisis.

The U.N. said that 10 truckloads of food aid – transported from the pier site by U.N. contractors – were received on Friday at a World Food Program warehouse in Deir El Balah in Gaza.

But on Saturday, only five truckloads made it to the warehouse after 11 others were cleaned out by Palestinians during the journey through an area that a U.N. official said has been hard to access with humanitarian aid. [Emphasis added.]

“They’ve not seen trucks for a while,” a U.N. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters. “They just basically mounted on the trucks and helped themselves to some of the food parcels.”

The U.N. did not receive any aid from the pier on Sunday or Monday. “We need to make sure that the necessary security and logistical arrangements are in place before we proceed,” said the U.N. official.

In summation, Palestinians in Gaza stole the food parcels before they could be distributed at the intended destination, and nothing’s gotten through since Saturday.
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