UN Court Concludes Hearing On South Africa's Plea Against Israel's Operations In Gaza Palestinian Death Toll Exceeds 35,300

(MENAFN- Nam News Network) THE HAGUE, May 18 (NNN-XINHUA) – The International Court of Justice (ICJ), yesterday, concluded its two-day hearings regarding South Africa's request to halt Israel's military offensive in Gaza.

The hearings were convened after South Africa lodged a plea to the ICJ one week ago, for an order to stop Israel's military operation in Gaza.

On Thursday's session, South Africa's Ambassador to the Netherlands, Vusimuzi Madonsela, urged the court to order Israel to cease its military operations in Gaza, including in Rafah, and withdraw its troops from the entire Gaza Strip.

Additionally, the ambassador called for Israel to take“all effective measures” to ensure unimpeded access to Gaza for the United Nations and humanitarian aid.

Israeli Justice Ministry official, Gilad Noam, told the judges yesterday that, Israel has been involved in a“tragic war” to defend itself, and denied South Africa's“allegations regarding genocide.”

Israeli lawyer, Tamar Kaplan Tourgeman, emphasised Israel's“inherent right to defend itself,” and urged the court to reject South Africa's request.

ICJ President Nawaf Salam concluded the hearings by saying that, the court will render its order at a public sitting“as soon as possible.”

The United Nations (UN) on Thursday said, humanitarian aid distribution is“almost impossible” in the Gaza Strip, amid the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas.

So far, the Palestinian death toll from the ongoing Israeli attacks on Gaza has exceeded 35,000, according to the health authorities in Gaza. According to the regime Defence Forces (IDF), a total of 626 regime's soldiers have been killed in Israel's ongoing attacks on Gaza.– NNN-XINHUA


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