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ICC To Arrest Israeli PM Netanyahu, Hamas’s Leader Sinwar For War Crimes

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The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has applied for arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Hamas’s leader in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, for war crimes.

BBC reported Karim Khan KC said there were reasonable grounds to believe that both men bore criminal responsibility for war crimes and crimes against humanity from the day of Hamas’s attack on Israel on 7 October onwards.

Israeli defence minister Yoav Gallant and Hamas’s political leader Ismail Haniyeh, along with the group’s military chief Mohammed Deif, are also wanted for arrest.

It says Mohammed Deif and Yahya Sinwar are in Gaza, their whereabouts unknown, adding that Ismail Haniyeh lives in Qatar.

According to the report, ICC judges will now decide whether they believe the evidence is sufficient to issue arrest warrants – something which could take weeks or months.

The Hamas-run health ministry says that more than 35,500 people have been killed in the war.

Israel’s foreign minister Israel Katz called the move by Mr Khan an “unrestrained frontal assault” on the victims of the 7 October attacks and a “historical disgrace that will be remembered forever”.

Meanwhile, he has announced that a special command centre would be set up to fight the decision, which he said was intended to tie Israel’s hands and deny it the right to self-defence.

Also, Reuters reported that seeking arrest warrants for three Hamas leaders “equates the victim with the executioner,” Senior Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri said.

The inform source said he also claimed the decision encouraged Israel to continue what he called its “war of extermination.”

However, Mr Khan accused the Hamas leaders of having committed crimes including extermination, murder, hostage taking, rape and sexual violence, and torture.

He said in a statement, “The crimes against humanity charged were part of a widespread and systematic attack against the civilian population of Israel by Hamas and other armed groups.”

“Some of these crimes, in our assessment, continue to this day.”

Hamas, he said, had inflicted “unfathomable pain through calculated cruelty and extreme callousness.”

In addition, he said Israel’s by minister and defence minister were suspected of crimes including pp to ppstarvation of civilians as a method of warfare, murder, intentionally directing attacks against a civilian population, and extermination.

Mr Khan said his office had evidence that Israel had “intentionally and systematically deprived the civilian population in all parts of Gaza of objects indispensable to human survival.”

Israel, he said, has a right to defend itself but not by “intentionally causing death, starvation, great suffering, and serious injury to body or health of the civilian population” which he said were criminal acts.

Truth Live News learned that the 7 October attack by Hamas was the deadliest in Israel’s history.

“Israeli war cabinet minister Benny Gantz – a political rival of Mr Netanyahu – denounced the prosecutor’s decision,” report said.

“Drawing parallels between the leaders of a democratic country determined to defend itself from despicable terror to leaders of a bloodthirsty terror organisation is a deep distortion of justice and blatant moral bankruptcy,” he said.

The accusations against the Israeli and Hamas leaders stem from the events of 7 October, when waves of Hamas gunmen attacked Israel, killing about 1,200 people and taking 252 others back to Gaza as hostages.

The attack triggered the current war, in which at least 35,500 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza, according to the territory’s Hamas-run health ministry.

Neither Israel nor Qatar are members of the ICC, but the Palestinian territories were admitted as a member state in 2015.

In the event of warrants being issued, the ICC would rely on member countries to carry out an arrest.

No Western-style democracy has had an ICC arrest warrant issued for its leader before.

Should Mr Netanyahu become the first, it will deeply alarm Israel and its allies, as well as testing the powers of limitations of the ICC.

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