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Egypt to join South Africa’s lawsuit against Israel at International Court of Justice

Egypt on Sunday announced its intention to formally intervene in support of the lawsuit filed by South Africa against Israel before the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

This comes in order to hold Israel accountable for its violations of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in the Gaza Strip.

In a statement issued by Foreign Ministry, it explained that submitting a declaration of intervention in the lawsuit comes due to the worsening severity of Israel’s attacks against civilians within the Gaza Strip.

Israel continues to commit systematic violence against the Palestinian people, the statement said, including directly targeting civilians, destroying the infrastructure in Gaza Strip, and pushing Palestinians to flee their land.

This has led to an unprecedented humanitarian crisis that has created unlivable conditions in the strip.

The statement explained that this serves as a flagrant violation of the provisions of international humanitarian law, and the fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 regarding the protection of civilians under war.

Egypt called on Israel to comply with its obligations as the occupying power, and to implement the interim measures issued by the ICJ.

These include ensuring the access of humanitarian and relief aid that meets the needs of the Palestinians in Gaza Strip, and that Israeli forces do not commit further any violations against the Palestinian people who are protected in accordance with the Convention on Preventing and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

Egypt renewed its call to the UN Security Council and influential international parties for the necessity of bringing an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, halting all military operations in the Palestinian city of Rafah, and providing the necessary protection for Palestinians.

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