South Africa Urges UN Court to Order Gaza Ceasefire

South Africa has urgently requested the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to order provisional measures against Israel, including a ceasefire in Gaza and the withdrawal of Israeli forces from the city of Rafah. This marks the third hearing about the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas at the UN's top court.

South Africa accuses Israel of committing genocide and has asked the ICJ to ensure unimpeded humanitarian access to Gaza, require Israel to report on compliance efforts, and ultimately determine if Israel's actions violate the Genocide Convention. Israel is expected to contest the accusations on Friday, having previously dismissed South Africa's case as "unfounded" and "morally repugnant".

The court had previously ordered Israel to prevent genocidal acts and allow more aid into Gaza.


About 100 people gathered outside the Western Cape High Court on Thursday to express support for South Africa’s legal team at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, Netherlands. Some of the protesters included lawyers outside the Western Cape High Court on Thursday.

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