Chile adds support to SA genocide charge against Israel

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Chile has added its support to South Africa’s genocide complaint against Israel by joining the case as an interested party. The case is being heard by the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

Pres. Gabriel Boric of Chile described the war in Gaza – where violence between Israel and Hamas has been raging for months – this week as a “catastrophic humanitarian situation” and said that a “firm response from the international community” is now needed.

“Chili will also join the case that South Africa brought against Israel before the International Court of Justice in The Hague,” said Boric.

RNews reported that the United Nations (UN) highest court ruled in South Africa’s favor for the second time on Friday 24 May and ordered Israel to withdraw “immediately” and stop its military offensive in Rafah.

The International Court of Justice in The Hague has ordered Israel to open a key crossing in the area so that humanitarian aid can enter Rafah “unimpeded”. The country was also told to ensure “unrestricted access” for investigators who want to investigate allegations of genocide at the site in accordance with the UN’s mandate.

The court also insisted on the “unconditional” release of hostages captured by Hamas on October 7 last year.

Before the Rafah offensive began, the United Nations said up to 1.4 million people were hiding in that city.

Since then, one million people have fled the area, the UN’s agency for Palestine refugees, UNRWA, said.

Chile has recognized Palestine as a state since 2011 and Boric previously said the war in Gaza had “no justification” and was “unacceptable”.

The war was sparked by Hamas’ unprecedented attack on October 7, which resulted in the death of 1,189 people – mostly civilians.

Militants also took 252 people hostage, of whom 121 are still being held in Gaza. At least 37 hostages are believed to be dead.

Israel’s retaliatory offensive has claimed at least 36,379 lives in Gaza, according to the Hamas-controlled territory’s health department. Most of them are women and children.