Palestinians file lawsuit against Israel at ICC

Palestinians file lawsuit against Israel at ICC
Sat Jul 26, 2014 12:03:45

Palestinian Justice Minister Saleem al-Saqqa and Gaza court prosecutor Ismail Jabr have filed a complaint against Israeli war crimes at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.

The Israeli regime, under the ICC statutes, was accused of crime of apartheid, attacks against civilians, excessive loss of human life and crime of colonization.

The Palestinian officials started legal proceedings against the Israeli regime through a Paris-based lawyer over the past few days as the war on the Gaza Strip raged on.

French lawyer Gilles Devers has confirmed the move, saying the complaint covers war crimes committed by the Israeli military in Gaza in June and July 2014.

“Israel, the occupying power, is carrying out a military operation which in principle and form violates the basis of international law,” Devers told a press conference in Paris.

“Every day new crimes are committed and over 80 percent of the victims are civilians. Children, women, hospitals, UN schools... the Israeli soldiers respect nothing. This is a military attack against the Palestinian population,” Devers stated.

The complaint came as the Palestinian death toll from the Israeli aerial and ground assaults has passed 880, with more than 5,700 Gazans injured. While Israel confirms 37 Israeli troopers have been killed in the war, Hamas sources put the number at about 90.

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