South Africa sued Israel for genocide at the ICJ

Pretoria has applied for an injunction against Israel at the International Court of Justice in The Hague for violating the 1948 Genocide Convention. The Israeli military is searching for Hamas leaders.

Tel Aviv/Pretoria/Gaza. In its struggle against Hamas in Gaza, Israel violated the 1948 UN Security Council. The Republic of South Africa asked the International Court of Justice in The Hague on Friday to issue an interim injunction against Israel for violating the Genocide Convention and to stop its activities.

There was no initial reaction from the Dutch court. On Friday, Israel's foreign ministry accused South Africa of collaborating with terrorists. South Africa has supported the Palestinians since the end of apartheid in 1992 and has recently emerged as a harsh critic of Israel's war against the Islamist Hamas.

Trapped Hamas leadership?

Israel's military is expanding its operations in and around the town of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, where the refugee camp is located. Israel suspects that the Hamas leadership is hiding there. The army asked the townspeople to move to Rafah, on the border with Egypt.

The Israeli offensive was prompted by the October 7 massacre in Israel by terrorists from Hamas and other Islamist groups. Given the disastrous humanitarian situation in Gaza and the high number of civilian casualties, Israel is certainly coming under increasing international pressure.

The Hamas-controlled health authority in Gaza said on Friday that 187 Palestinians had been killed in Israeli operations in the past 24 hours. The death toll has risen to 21,507 since the attack began. 55,915 people were injured. Information cannot be independently verified, and authorities mix militants with civilians.

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The Red Cross now wants to build a refugee camp in Khan Junis. As announced by the organization, 300 tents will be set up initially for families displaced by Israel. Later, the capacity will be expanded to 1,000 tents to provide shelter to hundreds of displaced families. (APA/dpa/ed.)

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