Tue 21 May 2024 2:48 pm - Jerusalem Time

Qatari Foreign Ministry: We call for confronting each crime in Gaza separately

Qatari Foreign Ministry spokesman Majid Al-Ansari said that Qatar calls on the international community to assume its responsibilities to confront each of the crimes in Gaza individually, adding that they do not anticipate what the International Criminal Court will decide regarding the requests of the court’s prosecutor.

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Karim Khan, announced on Monday that he is seeking arrest warrants against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Defense Minister Yoav Galant, along with 3 leaders of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), namely the head of the movement’s political bureau in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, and the leader of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas). Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the movement, Muhammad Diab Ibrahim (guest), and the head of the movement’s political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh.

Al-Ansari said that Qatar is not a party to the International Criminal Court system, nor is it a party to the Rome Statute, but it is committed to its role in the international community.

He added, "It is too early to comment on the Attorney General's decision, but we support the general approach to accountability."

Regarding the ceasefire negotiations, Al-Ansari said that they do not yet have an update on the stalemate regarding the Gaza negotiations, adding that Qatar will continue to mediate in the indirect negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza, and encourage the international community to hold accountable those responsible for targeting civilians.

Al-Ansari stressed that the Israeli escalation in Rafah is unacceptable and directly contributes to expanding the circle of violence, and that closing the Rafah crossing exacerbates the humanitarian catastrophe in the Gaza Strip, stressing that there is no alternative to opening the land crossings for humanitarian aid trucks.

He considered that the attack by Israeli settlers on aid trucks on their way to Gaza was transformed from an individual act into an institutional one, which represents “collective punishment for the Palestinians.” He said that the attack on aid convoys calls for action by the international community to provide protection for them.

Al-Ansari referred to the Israeli attacks on the cities and towns of the occupied West Bank, and said, "There are clear violations of international law in the West Bank, and we call for an end to these violations."


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Qatari Foreign Ministry: We call for confronting each crime in Gaza separately