ICJ Tells Israel to Stop Rafah Attack in Gaza


The International Court of Justice ruled that Israel must “immediately halt” its offensive into the Rafah enclave in Gaza.

“In conformity with obligations under the genocide convention, Israel must immediately halt its military offensive, and any other action in the Rafah governate, which may inflict on the Palestinian group in Gaza, conditions of life that could bring about its physical destruction, in whole or in part,” an ICJ judge said.

Presiding Judge Nawaf Salam reads the ruling of the International Court of Justice, or World Court, in The Hague, Netherlands, Friday, May 24, 2024, where the top United Nations court ruled on an urgent plea by South Africa for judges to order Israel to halt its military operations in Gaza and withdraw from the enclave. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

The court also said that Israel had not provided ample evidence to show that it had ensured the safety of refugees from Rafah. It said that the humanitarian situation in Gaza has deteriorated drastically and may now be “characterized as disastrous.”

The ruling is a significant blow to Israel, as a failure to follow the court’s ruling could incur sanctions. The lack of U.S. support for the Rafah operation could strip Israel of the veto it has relied on in past decisions.

The ICJ’s ruling came a few days after the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other members of the Israeli government over their actions in the War in Gaza.

Brady Knox
Brady Knox
Brady Knox is a breaking news reporter with a particular focus on Russia, Eastern Europe, and foreign affairs. Hailing from Pittsburgh, he graduated from Miami University in 2022 with a bachelor's degree in Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian studies and political science.

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