Five Countries Call for ICC Probe into Palestinian Territories

The International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor, Karim Khan, announced that his office received a referral from South Africa, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Comoros, and Djibouti. The referral requests an investigation into potential crimes committed in the Palestinian territories during Israel’s response to the October 7 Hamas terror attacks.

Khan explained, ‘In accordance with the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, a State Party may refer to the Prosecutor a situation in which one or more crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court appear to have been committed, requesting the Prosecutor to investigate the situation.’

He clarified that his office was already investigating the situation in the Palestinian territories, focusing on possible crimes since June 2014 in Gaza and the West Bank. This ongoing investigation was initiated in March 2021.

“It is ongoing and extends to the escalation of hostilities and violence since the attacks that took place on 7 October 2023,” Khan said. “In accordance with the Rome Statute, my Office has jurisdiction over crimes committed on the territory of a State Party and with respect to the nationals of States Parties.”

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