Egypt Joins International Lawsuit Against Israel

Written by Camilla Jessen

May.13 - 2024 7:53 AM CET

Photo: Anas-Mohammed /
Photo: Anas-Mohammed /
Egypt is set to join a lawsuit accusing Israel of genocide.

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Egypt has announced its decision to join a genocide lawsuit initiated by South Africa against Israel, focusing on actions taken in the Gaza Strip.

This development was reported by the Anadolu news agency.

The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the decision was prompted by the "escalation and scale of Israeli attacks on Palestinian civilians in Gaza and the extensive destruction of infrastructure."

These actions have been characterized as severe violations of international humanitarian law, particularly concerning the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, which focuses on the protection of civilian populations during wartime.

Egypt's government has called on Israel to adhere to the temporary measures proposed by the International Criminal Court, aimed at facilitating humanitarian aid into Gaza.

Furthermore, Egypt has urged the UN Security Council and other relevant parties to urgently intervene to secure a ceasefire in Gaza, with a specific focus on military operations in Rafah, and to ensure the protection of Palestinian civilians.

The lawsuit, which Turkey has also joined, was initially filed by South Africa at the International Criminal Court (ICC), drawing international attention to the severity of the allegations against Israel.

Both the UN Secretary-General and the High Commissioner for Human Rights have voiced their demands for an immediate cessation of the attacks on Rafah.

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