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'War Crimes': ICC Prosecutor Seeks Arrest Warrant for Netanyahu, Top Hamas Leaders

Warrants were sought for crimes including 'starvation', 'wilful killing', and 'extermination and/or murder'

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Published on May 20, 2024, 16:50:03

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The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Monday applied for arrest warrants against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and top Hamas leaders on suspicion of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Karim Khan said he was seeking warrants against Netanyahu and Defence Minister Yoav Gallant for crimes including "starvation", "wilful killing", and "extermination and/or murder."

Israel's military retaliation has killed at least 35,456 people, mostly civilians, according to Gaza's health ministry on Sunday, and an Israeli siege has brought dire food shortages and the threat of famine.

The Gaza war broke out after a Hamas attack on southern Israel which resulted in the deaths of more than 1,170 people, mostly civilians, according to an AFP tally of Israeli official figures.

Hamas also seized about 250 hostages, 125 of whom Israel estimates remain in Gaza, including 37 the military says are dead.

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