International Court Prosecutor to Intensify Investigations in Palestinian Territories
The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor has pledged to escalate investigations into potential war crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories. This announcement followed his inaugural visit to the area since taking the position. His trip comes amid allegations of international law violations by both Hamas and Israeli forces, notably during the October 7 attacks in southern Israel, which resulted in approximately 1,200 deaths, mainly civilians, and about 240 people being captured.
Despite ongoing probes by The Hague's court since 2021, no formal charges have been made. Israel, not recognizing the court's jurisdiction, is not a member. Prosecutor Karim Khan, after witnessing the aftermath of the attacks, stated his commitment to prosecute those responsible for such severe crimes.
Khan aims to work with local judicial systems following the principle of complementarity, pursuing cases only when necessary. He has also critiqued the combat in Gaza and stressed Israel's capability to adhere to international humanitarian laws, advocating for investigation into credible claims of misconduct.
Additionally, amid increasing violence from Israeli settlers against Palestinians in the West Bank, Khan called for immediate cessation and underscored his office's urgency in examining these cases. He emphasized the importance of pursuing justice based on solid evidence, aiming for successful prosecutions. The Gaza Health Ministry reported over 15,200 deaths since the conflict began, with women and children comprising 70% of the fatalities, and injuries exceeding 40,000.