South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa, during a visit to Qatar, urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) to probe the Israeli government for alleged war crimes in Gaza.
Ramaphosa highlighted that this move was made in conjunction with other undisclosed nations. Colombian President Gustavo Petro also expressed intentions for the court to prosecute Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over civilian casualties in Gaza. Furthermore, Turkish lawyers and a former lawmaker petitioned Ankara’s government to bring charges against Israel at the ICC, despite Turkey not being a party to the ICC.
The conflict arose when Israel initiated military action against Hamas after a raid by the Palestinian militant group killed around 1,200 individuals. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have continued their bombardment of Gaza for over a month. According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, more than 11,200 people have been killed, and another 2,700 are reported missing since the hostilities began.
Ramaphosa clarified that while South Africa doesn’t condone the Hamas incursion, they consider Israel’s response as genocide, warranting an investigation by the ICC due to South Africa’s staunch support for Palestinian sovereignty.
“We are opposed to the operation that is ongoing, particularly as it is now targeting hospitals where babies, women, and the injured are dying like flies,” the South African leader said.
“There is a need for the whole world to rise and call for the Israeli government to ceasefire, and stop what is happening and the ICC to investigate. Of course, legal measures need to be taken at a global level,” he added.
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