The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has requested arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the leader of Hamas in Gaza for war crimes.

Karim Khan KC said there were reasonable grounds to believe that both men were criminally responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity since at least October 7, 2023.

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh and his military chief Mohammed Deif are also wanted for arrest.

The ICC, based in The Hague, has been investigating Israel’s actions in the occupied territories for the past three years – and, more recently, also the actions of Hamas.

Netanyahu recently called the prospect of senior Israeli figures joining the ICC’s wanted list “an outrage of historic proportions.”

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With information from the BBC.


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