International Court of Justice orders Israel to immediately halt its operation in Rafah

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International Court of Justice orders Israel to immediately halt its operation in Rafah

The United Nations’ top court has ordered Israel to immediately halt its military operation in the southern Gaza city of Rafah, further increasing international pressure on Israel over its war against the Hamas militant group.

 

Israel began a limited ground offensive in Rafah on May 7, rejecting calls from the international community, including the US, not to proceed.

 

More than a million Palestinians were taking shelter in Rafah before Israel started its offensive, but the court noted that around 800,000 have since been displaced.

“Israel must immediately halt its military offensive and any other action in Rafah which may inflict on the Palestinian group in Gaza conditions of life that could bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part,” Judge Nawaf Salam, president of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), said on Friday,  May 24.

 

The ICJ considers the humanitarian situation in Rafah to be classified as “disastrous,” he said, adding that UN officials…



Source: Linda Ikeji