ICC prosecutor 'continuously monitoring' Palestine situation

July 07, 2023
[caption id="attachment_649" align="alignleft" width="2560"]ICC prosecutor 'continuously monitoring' Palestine situation A woman walks past the wreckage of a car on a street in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin on July 5, 2023 AFP[/caption] The International Criminal Court's (ICC) prosecutor is "continuously monitoring" the Palestinian situation, his office said on Wednesday, after Israel carried out a large-scale operation in the West Bank city of Jenin. The Hague-based war crimes tribunal opened a formal investigation in 2021 into the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, including alleged crimes by Israeli forces and by Hamas and Palestinian armed groups. Israel, which is not a member of the ICC, has refused to cooperate with the probe or recognize its jurisdiction. "The Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) is continually monitoring the situation and developments in Palestine inasmuch as they are relevant to OTP's ongoing investigations," ICC prosecutor Karim Khan's office told AFP when asked for a reaction to events in Jenin. The prosecutor's office made no other remarks or updates regarding the investigation by the ICC, which looks into potential crimes dating back to the Gaza War in 2014. The investigation, however supported by the Palestinian Authority, has infuriated Israel. Palestinian organizations have meanwhile pushed the ICC to expedite its investigation, which is vying for resources with the court's investigations into the Ukraine and other conflict areas. On Wednesday, the Israeli army announced that its operation in the occupied West Bank, which had claimed 12 Palestinian lives and one Israeli soldier over the previous two days, was completed. The raid, involving hundreds of forces, drone strikes and armoured bulldozers, targeted the northern West Bank city of Jenin, a centre for multiple armed Palestinian groups.

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