ICC seeks arrest warrants against Hamas leaders, Netanyahu and Gallant

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ICC seeks arrest warrants against Hamas leaders, Netanyahu and Gallant

The charges against Hamas leaders include “extermination, murder, taking of hostages, rape and sexual assault in detention."

Prime Minister Netanyahu and Hamas leader Sinwar. Courtesy: X
Prime Minister Netanyahu and Hamas leader Sinwar. Courtesy: X

The International Court of Justice is seeking arrest warrants for Hamas leaders as well as Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defence Minister Gallant for crimes committed on October 7 and the ensuing war in Gaza. 

In an interview with CNN on Monday, court’s chief prosecutor Karim Khan said that the ICC is seeking arrest warrants against Yahya Sinwar, Ishmail Hanley and Mohammed Deif, with charges that include “extermination, murder, taking of hostages, rape and sexual assault in detention.”

“The world was shocked on the 7th of October when people were ripped from their bedrooms, from their homes, from the different kibbutzim in Israel,” he said, adding that “people have suffered enormously.”

The ICC is also seeking warrants against Netanyahu and Gallant on charges that include “causing extermination, causing starvation as a method of war, including the denial of humanitarian relief supplies, deliberately targeting civilians in conflict.”

“Nobody is above the law,” Khan said, advising the Israelis to raise a challenge before the judges of the court.

Israel is not a member of the ICC, but the court claims to have jurisdiction over East Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank.

An Israeli official said: “The ICC prosecutor’s baseless blood libel against Israel has crossed a red line in his lawfare efforts against the world’s lone Jewish state and the only democracy in the Middle East. The blood libel will not deter Israel from defending itself and accomplishing all its just war objectives.”

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