Hamas welcomes ICJ's decision demanding Israel to stop its aggression against Palestinian Rafah



Fri, 24 May 2024 - 08:07 GMT


Fri, 24 May 2024 - 08:07 GMT

CAIRO – 24 May 2024: Hamas welcomed on Friday the International Court of Justice [ICJ] decision demanding Israel to immediately stop its aggression against the Palestinian city of Rafah and stop measures that lead to genocide.

Hamas called on the international community and the United Nations to put pressure on Israel to immediately bind it to the decision of the Court of Justice.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ordered Israel to immediately halt its military operation in Rafah, in response to an urgent request by South Africa.

The ICJ ruling mandates Israel to open the Rafah crossing between Egypt and Gaza to facilitate the delivery of aid.

This latest ruling adds to the mounting global pressure on Israel to cease the conflict in Gaza, including concerns expressed by its close ally, the United States, regarding a large-scale military operation in Rafah city.

Israel’s Minister of National Security Itamar Ben-Gvir said that the response to the ICJ decision must be occupying Rafah, increase military pressure, and defeat Hamas.

 Also, Israel’s Minister of Finance Bezalel Smotrich says that whoever demands Israel to stop the war demands that it end its existence.

“Israel will not agree to the International Court of Justice decision,” Smotrich added

Israeli Knesset member Avigdor Lieberman says that the Court of Justice’s decision proves that the UN institutions as well as the Criminal Court have become an aid to terrorists around the world.

Israeli warplanes launched shortly later raids on central Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip, after the ICJ ruling against Tel Aviv.

On 7 May, Israel deployed ground forces to Rafah, seizing control of the Rafah border crossing from the Palestinian side and launching unrelenting attacks.

The Israeli operation in Rafah, which faced global condemnation, has killed dozens of Palestinians and endangered the lives of hundreds of thousands of people seeking refuge in the city.

Over the past three weeks, evacuation orders issued by Israel have compelled about one million Palestinians in Rafah to flee the city out of fear for their safety.

Israel also faces increasing legal pressure, including a request made on Monday by the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to issue arrest warrants for Israeli and Hamas leaders, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The warrant requests are based on allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Gaza.

Several countries, including Egypt, have announced their intervention in support of South Africa's case before the ICJ, which accuses Israel of perpetrating acts of genocide against Palestinians in Gaza.  




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