/ 21 May 2024

And while we’re in the Middle East region…

Benjamin Netanyahu
Photo by ABIR SULTAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) wants arrest warrants issued for Israel’s and Hamas’s leaders over alleged crimes against humanity in the Gaza war. That includes Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Hamas leader in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar – and it’s not just them… Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant and the political leader of Hamas Ismail Haniyeh, along with the terror group’s military chief Mohammed Deif, are also included. Prosecutor Karim Khan says there are reasonable grounds to believe the men bear criminal responsibility for war crimes and crimes against humanity from 7 October onwards. The next step is the ICC will decide whether to issue the warrants – a process that will likely take weeks. Overnight Netanyahu expressed his “disgust” at the move, and Hamas said the prosecutor was equating “the victim with the executioner”. US President Joe Biden also called the move “outrageous”.

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