ICJ orders Israel to prevent genocidal acts in Gaza but not to end war

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ICJ orders Israel to prevent genocidal acts in Gaza but not to end war

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The UN's top court rules that Israel must take all measures to prevent genocidal acts in Gaza, but stops short of ordering an immediate halt to operations
Judges at the International Court of Justice delivered an interim ruling in South Africa's genocide case against Israel
Riyad al-Maliki, the Palestinian foreign minister, says the judges ruled "in favour of humanity and international law"
Meanwhile, PM Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel will "continue to defend ourselves and our citizens while adhering to international law"
A verdict on South Africa's allegation of genocide is not expected for years; Israel strongly denies the accusation, calling it "baseless"
Meanwhile, US media report that the head of the CIA is due to meet Israeli, Qatari and Egyptian officials in the coming days to discuss a new potential ceasefire in Gaza
Israel's retaliatory attacks in Gaza have killed 25,900 people, mostly women and children, the Hamas-run health ministry says
The current war began after Hamas attacked southern Israel on 7 October, killing about 1,300 people, mostly civilians, and taking 240 hostages
Mark Regev, a senior adviser to the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has also been reacting to the news that UN aid workers may have been involved in the 7 October attacks by Hamas on Israel.

He tells the BBC that as well as there being “specific information” about the involvement of UNRWA workers, there is also information that teachers in UNRWA schools “openly celebrated” the attacks.

Regev says it is “well-documented” that the aid group has links to Hamas.

“I think it’s high time that the UN investigated these links,” he says.

Regev adds that the issue links to Friday’s ruling by the ICJ because UNRWA reports were quoted by the chief justice.

“No-one should see UNRWA as in any way objective,” says Regev.

US pauses funding for UNRWA as 12 fired over 7 October allegations
Twelve employees of UNRWA - the UN's Palestinian refugee agency - have had their contracts terminated after Israeli authorities alleged they were involved in the 7 October attacks.

The US says it has temporarily paused funding for UNRWA while it reviews the allegations.

UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini said in a statement: "The Israeli Authorities have provided UNRWA with information about the alleged involvement of several UNRWA employees in the horrific attacks on Israel on 7 October.

"To protect the agency’s ability to deliver humanitarian assistance, I have taken the decision to immediately terminate the contracts of these staff members and launch an investigation in order to establish the truth without delay.

"Any UNRWA employee who was involved in acts of terror will be held accountable, including through criminal prosecution."

More at BBC news.
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