The International Court of Justice (ICJ) this Friday demanded that Israel immediately stop its military offensive in the city of the extreme south of Gaza, and warned that the current situation resulting from that military operation implies a “greater risk of causing irreparable harm” to the Palestinians and genocide.

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This historic ruling is likely to increase growing international pressure on Israel after seven months of war in Gaza.

Israel must “immediately stop its military offensive and any other actions in the Rafah governorate, which may inflict on the Palestinian group in Gaza living conditions that could lead to their total or partial physical destruction”said the International Court of Justice.

He also ordered Israel to keep the Rafah crossing into Gaza open. for the “unimpeded” delivery of humanitarian aid.

ICJ rulings are legally binding, but the court has no concrete means to enforce them. For example, he ordered Russia to stop its invasion of Ukraine, without success.

Israel had argued in court that an order to halt military activity would give free rein to Hamas extremists and prevent its army from rescuing hostages taken in the group’s brutal Oct. 7 attack.

The ICJ ruling comes on the heels of another highly charged decision on Monday by the International Criminal Court prosecutor to seek arrest warrants for top Israeli and Hamas leaders.

Prosecutor Karim Khan alleged that senior Israeli leaders, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as senior Hamas officials, were guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity related to the war in Gaza and the October 7 attack.

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