ICC Seeks Arrest Warrants for Israeli, Hamas Leaders for War Crimes

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In a landmark move, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Karim Khan KC, has announced the application for arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Hamas’s leader in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar. The warrants are based on alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by Israel and Hamas since 7 October 2023. In a statement, Khan stated that there are “reasonable grounds to believe” that both Netanyahu and Sinwar, along with other high-ranking officials from both sides, bear criminal responsibility for the atrocities committed in the conflict. The charges against the Hamas leaders, including Ismail Haniyeh and Mohammed al-Masri, pertain to crimes committed from at least October 7, 2023. The Israeli leaders, Netanyahu and Defence Minister Yoav Gallant, are accused of crimes starting from October 8, 2023. The alleged crimes committed by Hamas include extermination, murder, taking hostages, rape, torture, and other inhumane acts. These actions are claimed to have targeted the civilian population of Israel as part of a widespread and systematic attack. “These crimes demand accountability,” Khan emphasized in his statement, highlighting the severe impact on Israeli civilians. Similarly, Netanyahu and Gallant are accused…

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