The Worldwide Felony Court docket’s chief prosecutor vowed Sunday to step up efforts to analyze alleged battle crimes as he wrapped up a go to to Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
Karim Khan emphasised that his go to was “not investigative in nature” however stated he was capable of communicate to victims on either side of the battle.
Based on the Islamic group Hamas, greater than 15,200 individuals have been killed within the besieged Palestinian territory of Gaza in additional than eight weeks of combating and heavy bombing.
“My workplace will additional intensify its efforts to additional its investigation into this example,” Khan stated.
“Credible allegations of crimes dedicated through the present battle have to be the topic of well timed, impartial investigation and investigation.”
The ICC, which opened in 2002, is the world’s solely impartial courtroom established to analyze probably the most severe crimes, together with genocide, battle crimes and crimes in opposition to humanity.
It opened an investigation into Israel, Hamas and different armed Palestinian teams in 2021 for attainable battle crimes within the Palestinian territories.
Khan has beforehand stated that this investigation is now “extending into the escalation of hostilities and violence because the assaults on October 7, 2023.”
However ICC groups have been unable to enter Gaza or conduct investigations in Israel, which isn’t a member of the ICC.
The battle broke out when Hamas militants stormed into Israel by Gaza’s militarized border on October 7, killing about 1,200 individuals, principally civilians, whereas additionally taking about 240 hostages, based on Israeli authorities.
Khan stated he had witnessed “calculated atrocities” on the places attacked by Hamas.
These assaults “characterize a few of the most severe worldwide crimes that shock the conscience of humanity, crimes that the ICC was created to handle.”
He additionally emphasised that “Israel’s response to those assaults is topic to clear authorized parameters governing armed battle.”
Recognizing that conflicts in densely populated areas similar to Gaza are “inherently complicated,” worldwide humanitarian regulation ought to nonetheless apply, Khan stated.
Authorized consultants have informed AFP that each Hamas and Israel may face battle crimes fees over the battle.
5 international locations referred to as for an ICC investigation into the battle between Israel and Hamas in mid-November, with Khan saying his crew had collected a “vital quantity” of proof on “related incidents”.
Khan additionally referred to as for humanitarian assist to be allowed into Gaza and never seized by Hamas.
“All actors should adjust to worldwide humanitarian regulation. In case you do not, do not complain when my workplace has to behave,” he warned.