Thu 08 Feb 2024 9:31 am - Jerusalem Time

International Criminal Prosecutor: What is happening in Gaza is disturbing

Yesterday, Wednesday, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Karim Khan, expressed great concern about the images coming from the Gaza Strip, four months after the Israeli war on the Strip.

Khan said - in an interview with Agence France-Presse - that everyone should feel very concerned about the images coming from Gaza, and be very concerned about the rule of law.

He explained that the court has an “active investigation,” commenting on the progress of investigations conducted by his office regarding war crimes that may have been committed in the Israeli war on Gaza.

Collect evidence

He added, "We are trying to collect evidence," and we will act when the evidence reaches the appropriate level, and this is a matter for the judges of the International Criminal Court to decide.

Khan stated that he made many statements and took many steps regarding the Israeli war on Gaza.

He said, "I was the first public prosecutor to go to Israel, enter Ramallah, and I went to the Rafah crossing."

The International Criminal Court, which was established in 2002, is the only independent court in the world established to investigate the most serious crimes, including genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.

In 2021, the court opened an investigation into Israel, the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), and other armed Palestinian factions on suspicion of possibly committing war crimes.

Khan previously indicated that this investigation “has expanded to include the escalation in hostilities and violence since the attacks that occurred on October 7, 2023.”

But ICC teams were unable to enter Gaza or conduct investigations in Israel, which is not part of the court.

For its part, at the end of last January, the International Court of Justice called on Israel to prevent committing any act that might amount to “genocide” in Gaza, and also called on it to allow humanitarian aid to reach the Strip.

The Palestinian resistance launched Operation Al-Aqsa Flood on October 7 on cities and towns surrounding the Gaza Strip, resulting in the killing of hundreds of Israelis, in response to the occupation’s incursions into Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Since then, the Israeli army has been waging a devastating war with American support on Gaza that, as of Wednesday, left 27,708 killed and 67,147 injured, most of them children and women, according to the Palestinian authorities, and caused massive destruction and an unprecedented humanitarian disaster, according to the United Nations.


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International Criminal Prosecutor: What is happening in Gaza is disturbing