The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague (ICC) on Sunday called on the State of Israel and the radical Hamas movement to respect international law. In particular, to enable the delivery of humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza Strip, Reurtes reported.
“When it comes to the approach of humanitarian aid, the law does not allow doubts,” said Khan, who spent four days in the occupied West Bank and in the areas where Hamas terrorists attacked and massacred the civilian population on October 7 of this year.
“Civilians must have quick and large-scale access to basic food, water and desperately needed medical supplies without further delay,” Khan said, adding that Hamas must not abuse the aid. “All actors must comply with international humanitarian law. If you don’t, don’t complain that my office is bound to act.’
In addition to appealing for compliance with international law, Khan also offered to help the court investigate crimes committed by Hamas during the terrorist attacks. He did so despite the fact that Israel is not a member of the Hague Court and does not recognize its jurisdiction.
“Attacks against innocent Israeli civilians constitute some of the most serious international crimes that shock the conscience of humanity. Crimes that the International Criminal Court was established to deal with,” Khan said.
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Both sides have been accused of war crimes and human rights abuses since October 7, when Hamas gunmen stormed several Israeli villages, killing more than 1,200 Israelis and taking about 240 hostages, according to Israeli figures.
In his statements, Khan did not avoid criticism of the Jewish state. He called on Israel to do everything to protect civilians in the Gaza Strip from attacks on Hamas fighters and to prevent Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank from attacking Palestinians.
The Israeli government has repeatedly made it known that it is trying to prevent unnecessary loss of life. Nevertheless, several thousand people have died in the Gaza Strip since the beginning of the retaliatory military operation. The Hamas-run Ministry of Health even states that more than 15,000 civilians have already lost their lives.
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Although Khan spoke to both sides of the conflict, his speech was criticized by the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor. She accused the prosecutor’s office of having a “clear double standard”. According to them, he did not take any “practical steps” to contribute to the improvement of the situation in occupied Gaza, the Anadolu Agency website writes.
“In light of the extraordinarily high level of documentation – unprecedented in history – of Israel’s wars in Gaza that meet the definition of genocide in progress under international law, Khan’s selective view is a shameful travesty of justice,” the organization said.
After the October 7 attacks, Khan declared that his court had jurisdiction to hear potential war crimes committed by Hamas fighters in Israel and Israelis in the Gaza Strip.
The court is already investigating possible war crimes and crimes against humanity in the occupied Palestinian territories. This has been going on since 2021.