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International Court of Justice orders Israel to stop its Rafah offensive

In its ruling, the international court said it is not convinced that Israel's evacuation measures were sufficient to protect Palestinian civilians.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) this Friday demanded that Israel immediately stop its military offensive in the city of Rafah, at the southern end of the Gaza Strip; keep the passage with Egypt open and allow experts access to Gaza, to “investigate allegations of genocide.”

The precautionary measures were voted on by a panel of 15 judges and approved with 13 votes in favor and two against: Uganda and Israel, as reported by the highest UN court.

“Israel must immediately stop its military offensive or any other action in the Rafah governorate that could inflict on the Palestinian group in Gaza living conditions that could lead to their total or partial physical destruction,” declared the president of the court, Nawaf Salam. 

He also said that the ICJ “is not convinced that the evacuation efforts and related measures that Israel claims to have undertaken to improve the security of civilians in the Gaza Strip and, in particular, those recently displaced from the Rafah governorate , are sufficient to alleviate the immense risk to which the Palestinian population is exposed as a consequence of the military offensive in Rafa,” he expressed.

In this sense, he warned that the humanitarian situation in Rafah has “further deteriorated” since the last court order in March and is now “disastrous.”

The High Court considered that it is an opportune time to take these measures against Israel given that the situation in Gaza is “disastrous.”

Another order of the ICJ is the presentation of a report within a month that records compliance with what is required.

The highest UN court also demanded the “release” of the hostages kidnapped by the Islamist group Hamas in the October 7 attack on Israeli soil and held since then in Gaza.

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