Monday, June 17, 2024

Israel Ordered to Halt Rafah Operation by International Court

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has called on Israel to cease its operation in Rafah immediately. Describing the situation in Rafah as "disastrous," the ICJ also mandated Israel to provide a report on the actions taken within one month.

Furthermore, the court ruled for Israel to open the Rafah crossing for humanitarian aid and ensure unrestricted access for officials investigating claims of genocide in Gaza.

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This ruling stems from a plea by South Africa, which accused Israel of "genocide" and urged the ICJ to intervene to stop the military offensive in Gaza, particularly in Rafah.

Israel, however, argued against the request, fearing that a ceasefire would allow Hamas fighters to regroup and hinder efforts to recover hostages taken during a recent assault.

While the ICJ's previous ruling in January urged Israel to prevent genocidal acts in Gaza, it fell short of mandating a ceasefire. South Africa contends that the recent events in Rafah necessitate urgent action from the court.

It's important to note that while ICJ orders are legally binding, the court lacks direct enforcement capabilities. Past rulings, such as ordering Russia to halt its invasion of Ukraine, have not been successfully enforced.

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In parallel, the International Criminal Court's lead prosecutor has requested arrest warrants for top Israeli and Hamas leaders, alleging war crimes and crimes against humanity related to recent events in Gaza.

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Aarav Joshi
Aarav Joshi
Aarav Joshi is a seasoned content writer with a passion for covering worldly and international news stories. His journey in journalism began as a reporter for the BBC, where he honed his skills in researching and crafting compelling narratives. He has also contributed articles to 'The Times of India,' one of India's leading newspapers, delving into diverse topics ranging from politics and economics to culture and human interest stories.
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