Australia supports ICJ ruling on Rafah

Australia supports ICJ ruling on Rafah
Australia supports ICJ ruling on Rafah

AA / Ankara / Sami Sohta

Australia on Saturday expressed its support for the decision of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which ordered Israel to immediately cease its attacks on the town of Rafah, in the south of the Gaza Strip.

The ABC News website reported that Australian Climate and Energy Minister Chris Bowen compared the town of Rafah to a refuge for those fleeing the northern Gaza Strip following Israeli attacks.

He added in a statement: “We are very clear in our position that Rafah should not be attacked,” indicating that all parties, including Israel, must respect the binding decisions of the ICJ.

The Australian minister added: “We believe that the decisions of the International Court of Justice must be implemented and that Israel must not occupy Rafah.”

On Friday, the ICJ, the highest court of the United Nations, ordered Israel to immediately stop its military offensive in Rafah, to keep the Rafah crossing point open to allow unimpeded access for humanitarian aid, and to submit to it a report on all the measures that Tel Aviv has taken to give effect to this order within one month.”

All these requests were approved by 13 votes to 2 by the judges of the ICJ.

These new measures from the ICJ come at the request of South Africa as part of a vast trial initiated by Pretoria at the end of December 2023, accusing Tel Aviv of having “committed genocide” in the Gaza Strip.

On May 7, Israel took control of the Palestinian part of the border crossing with Egypt, leading to its closure in both directions, halting the flow of aid to the Gaza Strip and travel. wounded and sick abroad to receive treatment.

Since October 7, Israel has been waging a devastating war in the Gaza Strip which has left more than 116,000 Palestinian dead and injured, mostly children and women, and around 10,000 missing in a context of massive destruction and famine which cost the lives of children and the elderly.

*Translated from Arabic by Wejden Jlassi

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