South Africa pursues legal action against Israel

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South Africa has initiated legal action against Israel by submitting a case to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over the mistreatment of Palestinians during ongoing attacks in Gaza.

The ICJ confirmed that the application was lodged due to Israel allegedly violating its obligations under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide concerning Palestinians in Gaza.

In their statement, South Africa accused Israel of genocidal acts with the specific intent to destroy Palestinians in Gaza as part of the broader Palestinian group, emphasizing the violations of the Genocide Convention.

Furthermore, South Africa cited Israel’s failure to prevent genocide and incitement to genocide in their application to the ICJ.

They urged the ICJ to order provisional measures to protect the rights of Palestinians under the Genocide Convention and ensure Israel complies with its obligations to prevent and punish genocide.

Following a Hamas attack on Oct. 7, Israel has launched continuous attacks on Gaza, resulting in numerous Palestinian casualties and severe damage to infrastructure.

Israeli authorities claim retaliatory attacks have caused significant casualties on their side as well.

The conflict has devastated Gaza, displacing residents and causing shortages of essential resources like food, water, and medicine.

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