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UN Court orders Israel to right away halt Rafah offensive

The UN International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ordered Israel to right away cease its offensive in Rafah, open the border crossing with Egypt, permitting humanitarian assist to enter, and permit investigators entry to the Strip. Israel should report back to the excessive court docket inside one month on its progress on the agreed measures. This was dominated this Friday in response to a request from South Africa as a precautionary measure in its lawsuit filed this January earlier than this court docket by which it accuses Israel of committing “genocidal acts” within the Strip. Pretoria has requested precautionary measures on two earlier events in the identical case, claiming that this might be the court docket's “last opportunity” to ensure the survival of Gazans and their safety from doable “genocidal acts.”

Although Israel doesn’t acknowledge the ICJ and the physique doesn’t have the capability to implement its choices, the decision has vital symbolic significance and should hinder Israel's capability to proceed its offensive as earlier than, along with growing strain on the Israeli authorities. The ICJ is the best judicial physique of the UN and it’s doable that the Security Council, which has already requested Israel for a ceasefire, must rule on the battle primarily based on the decision. In the Council, Israel would wish the veto energy of the United States, its best ally, in an surroundings of robust diplomatic strain towards it.