Israel attack on Rafah is ‘contempt of Court’


The head of the African Union Commission believes that an air attack by Israel on Rafah which claimed the lives of 45 people in a camp, according to Hamas officials, amounts to contempt of a recent ruling by a senior court of the United Nations.

“The State of Israel continuously violates international law and is in contempt of the International Court of Justice ruling of two days ago ordering it to end its military action in Rafah,” said Moussa Faki Mahamat on X (formerly Twitter). “The IG order must be implemented urgently to restore global order.”

On Friday, the IG, in response to a case brought before the court by South Africa in which it is argued that Israel’s military action amounts to genocide, ordered Israel to immediately stop its attack on Rafah, demanded the release of hostages and the “unhindered access to humanitarian aid to Gaza”.

The Hague-based court, whose rulings are legally binding but do not have any direct law enforcement mechanisms, also ordered Israel to keep the Rafah crossing between Egypt and Gaza open.

Israel rejected the ruling and insists the court got it wrong.

The war broke out on October 7 when Hamas attacked Israel. More than 1,170 people, mainly civilians, were killed, according to an AFP tally based on Israel’s official figures. Militants took 252 people hostage, of which 121 are still being held in Gaza, and of which 37 people were killed, according to the army.

Israel’s counterattack has already claimed 35,984 lives in Gaza, mainly women and children, according to the Hamas-controlled territory’s health ministry.