ICC Prosecutor Seeks Arrest Warrants for Hamas and Israeli Leaders over Gaza Conflict

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Here's a paraphrased summary of the key points from the AP article:

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Karim Khan, has applied for arrest warrants for senior Hamas and Israeli officials, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant. The warrants are related to alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during Hamas's October 7th attack and the ensuing conflict in Gaza.

Khan named Hamas leaders Yahya Sinwar, Mohammed Deif, and Ismail Haniyeh as wanted for crimes such as extermination, murder, hostage-taking, rape, and torture. Netanyahu and Gallant are accused of extermination, causing starvation, denying humanitarian aid, and deliberately targeting civilians.

The ICC has previously issued warrants for leaders like Putin and Gaddafi, but this would be the first time a leader of a "Western-style" democracy has been targeted. While Israel is not a member of the ICC, the court decided in 2021 that it has a mandate to investigate violence and war crimes in the Israel-Palestine conflict dating back to 2014.

The Israeli government and public have long maintained that the UN and related bodies are biased against Israel.


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