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Egypt welcomes ICJ's ruling to impose additional provisional measures on Israel

Friday، 24 May 2024 - 08:07 PM

Egypt welcomed the decision issued by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordering Israel to immediately halt its military operations and any other actions in the Palestinian city of Rafah, open Rafah and all border crossings to the Gaza Strip, and stop creating living conditions threatening the existence of Palestinians in Gaza, either wholly or partially.

In a statement issued shortly after the ICJ ruling, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs praised the court's decision to mandate Israel open the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt crossing to ensure full and unobstructed access to humanitarian aid for the residents of the Gaza Strip.

According to the statement, Egypt urged Israel to comply with its legal obligations under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and international humanitarian law.

It also called on it to implement all the provisional measures issued by the ICJ, which are legally binding and enforceable as decisions of the highest international judicial authority.

The Egyptian foreign ministry emphasized that Israel, as the occupying power, bears full legal responsibility for the deteriorating humanitarian conditions in Gaza.

It called on Israel to cease its systematic policies against the Palestinian people, including targeting, starvation, and blockade, in violation of all provisions of international law and international humanitarian law, the statement added.

It noted that the ICJ's decision aligns with the current tragic situation in Gaza, where widespread killing and destruction have affected innocent Palestinians and the entire infrastructure of the region due to the Israeli war.

Egypt had previously warned of the risks posed by Israeli military operations in Rafah, highlighting their direct impact on exacerbating the humanitarian crisis for over 1.4 million Palestinians.

It also called on the UN Security Council and influential international parties to fulfill their legal and humanitarian responsibilities by adopting decisive measures to end the humanitarian catastrophe in the Gaza Strip.

This includes achieving a comprehensive ceasefire, ending military operations in the Palestinian city of Rafah, ensuring the full flow of aid throughout the sector, and protecting international relief teams in receiving and distributing aid.

Ahram Online

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