Israel ignores requests from the International Court of Justice by bombing Rafah again

Israel ignores requests from the International Court of Justice by bombing Rafah again
Israel ignores requests from the International Court of Justice by bombing Rafah again
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EYAD BABA / AFP The Israeli army bombed Rafah this Saturday, May 25, despite requests made Friday by the International Court of Justice. (Photo: Damage after an Israeli strike in Rafah on May 22)

EYAD BABA / AFP

The Israeli army bombed Rafah this Saturday, May 25, despite requests made Friday by the International Court of Justice. (Photo: Damage after an Israeli strike in Rafah on May 22)

INTERNATIONAL – Threats ignored. The Israeli army bombed Rafah this Saturday, May 25 after the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the highest court of the UN, expressly ordered it on Friday to stop its military offensive. and any other action carried out in the governorate of Rafah.” The Court, which sits in The Hague, also asked the Jewish state to facilitate the transfer of humanitarian aid to the Rafah crossing point, on the border with Egypt.

Israel defended itself Friday evening by asserting that it “has not carried out and will not carry out military operations in the Rafah area” likely to “lead to the destruction of the Palestinian civilian population”.

“We want to see the ICJ decision on the ground”

However, this Saturday, its military operations resumed with renewed vigor in the Gaza Strip, notably in Khan Younes, in Gaza City and in several neighborhoods in the east and in the center of Rafah, witnesses and journalists reported. of the AFP. In 24 hours, at least 46 additional deaths were recorded, according to the Hamas Ministry of Health.

In Rafah, the Israeli army claimed to have “eliminated a terrorist cell which opened fire on its troops”and announced that fighters had been killed during “close combat” Friday in Jabalia, in the north of the country.

“We want to see the decision of the ICJ on the ground (…) Enough, enough, enough of the war”insisted Moamen Muchtaha, 33, a Palestinian from Gaza City, displaced like many of the 2.4 million Gazans.

Negotiations for the release of hostages relaunched?

At the same time, an Israeli official said on Saturday that Israel had the” intention “ to relaunch negotiations this week to obtain the release of hostages held in the Gaza Strip since October 7. “There is an agreement” on this point, assured this official on condition of anonymity.

The official did not give further details of the agreement, but Israeli media reported that the head of Mossad, Israel’s intelligence service, David Barnea, reached an agreement with CIA Director Bill Burns and Qatari Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abdelrahmane Al-Thani during a meeting this week in Paris on a new framework for the negotiations.

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