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Israel Ignores the UN Court Verdict and Launches New Attacks on Rafah


On Saturday, May 25, Israel launched new attacks on the Gaza Strip, including the city of Rafah. The day before, the International Court of Justice demanded that Israel immediately stop its offensive on Rafah. So far, there are no signs that Israel intends to follow the court's order in The Hague and in any way change the nature of its military's actions in the Gaza Strip. According to journalists from the AFP agency, as well as according to eyewitness accounts, the strikes on Saturday were carried out on the cities of Rafah and Deir al-Balah in the Gaza Strip.

The BBC's correspondent in Gaza, Rushdi Abu Aluf, previously reported that minutes after the ICJ decision was announced, Israeli aircraft carried out a series of strikes on the Al-Shabura camp in Rafah.

Israel launched a military operation in Rafah in early May despite warnings from the US and other allies that a ground offensive could lead to further civilian casualties and a humanitarian crisis. In Rafah at that time there were hundreds of thousands of residents of northern Gaza who fled the fighting. After the start of Israel's offensive on Rafah, according to UN estimates, more than 800 thousand civilians fled the city.

Last Friday, May 24, the International Court of Justice in The Hague ruled that Israel must immediately cease its military offensive in Rafah. The Hague fears that the continuation of hostilities in the Gaza Strip could create living conditions for the civilian population of the Gaza Strip that could threaten them with “total or partial physical destruction.” Israel must also provide investigators with “unhindered access” to the Gaza Strip, the UN court has demanded.

This decision of the International Court of Justice in The Hague was made as part of a process in which South Africa's claim against Israel is being considered. South African authorities believe that Israel's actions in the Gaza Strip contain signs of genocide against the Palestinians.


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