In his statement from X, Chief Prosecutor Khan said, “I am deeply concerned about the reported bombardment and possible ground operation by Israeli forces in Rafah.” He noted that they aim to bring those responsible to justice.
Emphasizing that war also has rules, Han said, “The law applicable in armed conflicts cannot be interpreted in a way that makes it empty or devoid of meaning. As I have emphasized many times, those who do not comply with the law should not complain when the court later takes action in accordance with its authority.” he said.
Stating that there is no visible change in Israel’s attitude against the laws of war, Han said, “My office is actively investigating all kinds of crimes allegedly committed. Those who violate the law will be held accountable.” he warned.
– ATTACK SIGNALS FROM ISRAEL TO THE CITY OF PROSPERITY
Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, in his statement during his visit to Israeli troops in the Khan Yunis region of the Gaza Strip on February 1, said that they would move their land attacks to the city of Rafah on the Egyptian border.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also signaled in his statement on February 4 that they would launch a land attack on the city of Rafah.
In the news published by Israeli state television KAN on February 6, based on political sources, it was stated that the city of Rafah would be evacuated before starting operations.
In the statement made by the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office on February 9, it was noted that Netanyahu instructed the army and security organization to prepare the necessary plan to attack the south of the Gaza Strip and displace 1.5 million Palestinians who have taken refuge there.
– WELFARE ATTACKS
Palestinian official agency WAFA, in its report based on hospital officials in Rafah, stated that more than 100 people were killed and hundreds of injured people were brought to hospitals in the Israeli attacks on the city.
The Palestinian Red Crescent also announced that Israeli attacks were concentrated in Rafah city center and that civilians’ houses were also targeted in the attacks.
Local sources had noted that the Israeli army carried out approximately 40 air strikes simultaneously with warplanes, intense artillery fire and sea fire from warships, targeting especially many houses and mosques where displaced Palestinians were sheltered.
– PALESTINE INVESTIGATION AT ICC
On January 1, 2015, the Palestinian government made a statement in accordance with the relevant article of the Rome Statute, accepting the jurisdiction of the ICC regarding crimes allegedly committed “in the occupied Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem, since June 13, 2014” and It became a party country to the ICC by submitting its certificate of participation to the Court to the UN Secretary General.
Former ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced that the investigation was opened on March 3, 2021, after completing a nearly 6-year preliminary investigation into the situation in the State of Palestine. While there has been no development in the investigation since 2021, current Chief Prosecutor Karim Khan has not taken any steps to issue an arrest warrant against any Israeli official to date.
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