ICJ to Rule on Friday on Measures over Israel’s Rafah Operation

Thu May 23 2024
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THE HAGUE: The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has said that it will rule on South Africa’s plea to order a halt to Israel’s operation on Rafah Friday’s afternoon.

Rafah is where over one million displaced Palestinian people have sought shelter from Israeli strikes on other areas of the enclave.

Earlier, South Africa has asked the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to order a halt to Israel’s operation in the Gaza Strip, and in Rafah in particular, to ensure the survival of Palestinians.

The demand for such an emergency step is part of a larger case brought by South Africa alleging Israel of genocide.

Following initial hearings in January, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued several provisional steps, ordering Israel to take action to limit humanitarian suffering in the Gaza Strip.

Earlier, Israeli Prime Minister’s office said that the Israeli negotiating team has received a directive after a war council meeting to resume communications about a potential ceasefire agreement, Arab media reported.  However, Netanyahu’s office did not provide more information over the matter.

Earlier, dialogs reached a stalemate following the latest round of dialogue. On Tuesday, Qatar’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Majed al-Ansari has reiterated that ceasefire and captive-prisoner swap talks between Hamas and Israel, in which Doha is a mediator, remain “close to a stalemate”.

International pressure for a truce has mounted on Israel and Benjamin Netanyahu as three European nations said that they would recognize a Palestinian state. Palestinian groups including Hamas and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) have welcomed the decisions of three western countries to recognize the state of Palestine.

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