ICC prosecutor opens probe into war crimes against Palestinians ~ MA’AN News Agency.
THE HAGUE (AFP) — The International Criminal Court’s prosecutor on Friday opened an initial probe to see if war crimes have been committed against Palestinians, including during last year’s Gaza war.
“Today the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Fatou Bensouda opened a preliminary examination into the situation in Palestine,” her office said in a statement, adding it may lead to a full-blown investigation.
Meanwhile, the Palestinian ambassador to Russia, Faid Mustafa, told Ma’an that the Palestinian Authority had begun to prepare documents in order to lodge formal war crimes accusations against Israel.
President Mahmoud Abbas signed requests to join the ICC and 16 other conventions after the Security Council failed to adopt a resolution paving the way to full statehood.
The US has branded the ICC move as “counterproductive.”
Israel responded by delaying the transfer of…
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