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  • Writer's pictureBy The Financial District

UN Court Orders Israel To Halt Military Operation in Rafah

The top United Nations court ordered Israel on Friday to immediately halt its military operations in the southern Gaza city of Rafah — but stopped short of ordering a full cease-fire.


Criticism of Israel’s conduct in the war in Gaza has been growing, particularly on operations in Rafah — and even from its closest ally, the United States. I Photo: Jeroen Bouman, ICJ / United Nations Photo Flickr



While Israel is unlikely to comply with the order, it will ratchet up the pressure on the increasingly isolated country, Mike Corder reported for the Associated Press (AP).


Criticism of Israel’s conduct in the war in Gaza has been growing, particularly on operations in Rafah — and even from its closest ally, the United States.


This week alone, three European countries announced they would recognize a Palestinian state, and the chief prosecutor for another UN court requested arrest warrants for Israeli leaders, along with Hamas officials.



While the ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) is a blow to Israel’s international standing, the court does not have a police force to enforce its orders.


In another case on its docket, Russia has so far ignored a 2022 order by the court to halt its full-scale invasion of Ukraine.


Ahead of the ruling, Israel signaled it, too, would brush off an ICJ order to stop its operations. “No power on earth will stop Israel from protecting its citizens and going after Hamas in Gaza,” Avi Hyman, the government spokesperson, said.



Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is also under heavy pressure at home to end the war, which was triggered when Hamas-led militants stormed into Israel, killing 1,200 people, most civilians, and taking some 250 captive.


Thousands of Israelis have joined weekly demonstrations calling on the government to reach a deal to bring the hostages home, fearing that time is running out.




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