“O Egypt announces its intention to formally intervene to support South Africa’s case against Israel before the ICJ to investigate Israel’s violations under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in the Gaza Strip,” the Ministry of Business said. Egyptian foreigners in a statement.

The request “comes in light of the severity and scope of Israeli attacks against Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip, and the continued perpetration of systematic practices against the Palestinian people,” he added.

With this announcement, Egypt marks a turning point in its relations with Israel since the start of the conflict in Gaza on October 7, 2024.

Last week, the war in the Middle East reached a critical moment when Israeli forces took control of the Palestinian side of the Rafah border crossing, which forms the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt.

Israelis and Egyptians signed a peace treaty in 1979, under which Israel withdrew from the Sinai Peninsula.

Israeli military spokesman Ofir Gendelman acknowledged after the Rafah offensive that “Israel is very aware of the sensitivity of the operation”, but understood that it “did not violate the terms of the agreement”.

South Africa wants Israel to be declared an “apartheid state”, having called on the ICJ to order Israel to leave Rafah.

The South African Government presented an urgent request to the ICJ in The Hague on Friday to impose new measures against Israel due to the situation in the city of Rafah.

Pretoria wants the court to once again modify the provisional measures previously announced in the case concerning the application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in the Gaza Strip.

Since December, Pretoria has requested additional measures from the UN court, accusing Israel of perpetrating a “genocide” in Gaza, an accusation Israel denies.

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Source: https://www.noticiasaominuto.com/mundo/2559000/egito-pede-inclusao-em-processo-judicial-por-risco-de-genocidio-em-gaza

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