Publish date17 Feb 2024 - 11:22
Story Code : 625530

ICJ rejects South Africa’s request for ‘urgent measures’ to prevent Rafah assault

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has refused a request by South Africa for taking urgent measures to protect the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah which faces looming Israeli ground assault.
ICJ rejects South Africa’s request for ‘urgent measures’ to prevent Rafah assault
Known as the world court, the tribunal said in a statement on Friday that the "perilous situation" in Rafah "demands immediate and effective implementation of the provisional measures" that it had ordered January 26.

It said no new order was necessary because the existing measures "are applicable throughout the Gaza
Strip, including in Rafah."

The court added that the Israeli regime "remains bound to fully comply with its obligations under the Genocide Convention" and the January 26 ruling, which ordered the regime to do all it can to prevent death, destruction, and any acts of genocide in Gaza.

The regime has been waging a war against the entire Gaza since October 7, 2023 following an operation staged by the coastal sliver's resistance groups, dubbed Operation al-Aqsa Storm.

The war has so far killed around 28,800 Palestinians, mostly women, children, and adolescents.

Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the Israeli military to evacuate civilians from Rafah ahead of a planned ground operation against the city.

This is while the city has come to host some 1.5 million Palestinians, who have fled there from the ravages of the Israeli military onslaught in other parts of Gaza.

Aid organizations say Rafah's evacuation will be nearly impossible, given the scale of devastation elsewhere in Gaza and the huge number of people who have been trapped in the besieged area.
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