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Spain demands Israel comply with UN court ruling on Rafah

Published : Sunday, 26 May, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 122

MADRID, May 25: The Spanish government demanded on Saturday that Israel comply with an order by the top UN court to immediately stop its bombardment and ground assault on the Gazan city of Rafah.

It stressed that the ruling on Friday by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) was legally binding.
"The precautionary measures set out by the ICJ, including that Israel should cease its military offensive in Rafah, are compulsory. Israel must comply with them," Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares wrote on X.
"The same goes for a ceasefire, the release of the hostages and access for humanitarian aid (to Gaza)," he said.

"The suffering of the people of Gaza and the violence must end."

In a case brought by South Africa alleging the Israeli assault on Gaza amounts to "genocide", the ICJ ordered Israel on Friday to "immediately halt" the ground and air offensive in Rafah.

The operations began on May 7 despite international fears for the safety of the 1.4 million civilians trapped in the city.

The Hague-based ICJ, whose orders are legally binding but lack direct enforcement mechanisms, also ruled that Israel must keep open the key Rafah crossing with Egypt to allow "unhindered" humanitarian aid into Gaza.    —AFP

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