UN court orders Israel to cease military operation in Gaza city

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24th May 2024 – (The Hague) The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the United Nations’ highest court, has issued an order demanding an immediate halt to Israel’s controversial military operation in the southern Gaza city of Rafah. This ruling further intensifies international pressure on Israel regarding its conflict with Hamas.

The ICJ, based in The Hague, the Netherlands, made this decision within the context of an ongoing genocide case brought by South Africa. While the court’s rulings are final and binding, it lacks a mechanism for enforcement, and past rulings have been disregarded.

This development adds to the mounting international and domestic pressure on Israel to bring an end to the conflict in Gaza. In a separate court in The Hague, the International Criminal Court (ICC), the prosecutor sought arrest warrants for Hamas leaders, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant. These warrants are based on allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity related to the October 7 attacks on Israel and the subsequent war in Gaza.

Meanwhile, families of Israeli hostages held in the territory have increased pressure on Netanyahu to secure the release of the captives. They released disturbing footage showing female members of the Israel Defence Forces prior to their abduction, aiming to draw attention to their plight.