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Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court requests an arrest warrant for Netanyahu for crimes in Gaza

In addition, the ICC issued arrest requests against the Israeli Defense Minister and several líderIt's from Hamas

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (CPI), Karim Khan, presented this Monday arrest requests against the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu and the Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant, for the genocide in the Gaza Strip, which has escalated in recent months, he reported. Telesur.

Likewise, the capture of Yahya Sinwar, head of the Palestinian resistance (Hamas) in the Gaza Strip, was ordered; Mohammed Diab Ibrahim Al-Masri, commander-in-chief of Hamas's military wing, known as the al-Qassam Brigades; and Ismail Haniyeh, head of Hamas's political bureau.

“Today I present requests for arrest warrants to Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court in the situation in the State of Palestine,” said Prosecutor Khan, according to the ICC portal.

According to the ICC, all individuals “are criminally responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the territory of Israel and the State of Palestine.”

"No one is above the law"

The arrest warrants against Netanyahu and his Defense Minister mark the first time that the ICC has targeted the top leader of a narrow US ally.

The next step is for a group of ICC judges to study Khan's request for the arrest warrants.

The charges against Netanyahu and Gallant include “causing extermination, causing starvation as a method of warfare, including denial of humanitarian aid supplies, deliberately attacking civilians in conflict,” Khan told Amanpour.

When reports emerged last month that the ICC's chief prosecutor was considering such actions, Netanyahu stated that any ICC arrest warrant against senior members of the Israeli government and military “would be an outrage of historic proportions” and that Israel “ “It has an independent legal system that rigorously investigates all violations of the law,” Telesur reports.

“No one is above the law,” Khan said in response, arguing that if Israel does not agree with the ICC, “they are free, despite their objections to jurisdiction, to raise a challenge before the court's judges.” and that is what I advise you to do.”

Although Israel and the United States are not members of the ICC, the ICC claims jurisdiction over Gaza, East Jerusalem and the West Bank after the líderen Palestinians will formally agree to be bound by the court's founding principles in 2015.

sourceTelesur

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