ICJ orders Israel to halt Rafah offensive in case by South Africa

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ICJ orders Israel to halt Rafah offensive in case by South Africa
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The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled that Israel must halt its offensive in Gaza's Rafah, following a plea from South Africa.

The court issued a ruling in January that Israel must do everything to prevent genocidal acts being committed in Gaza, but stopped short of ordering a ceasefire.

However, South Africa argued that Israel's recent ground attack in Rafah, preceded by months of bombardment, changed the situation on the ground and should compel the court to issue fresh emergency orders.

ICJ President Nawaf Salam said the humanitarian situation in Gaza was now "disastrous" and said earlier measures issued were insufficient.

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The court is the highest UN body for hearing disputes between states. Its rulings are final and binding but have been ignored in the past, reports Reuters. The court has no enforcement powers.

Correct but this does put pressure on the international community to sanction israel if it continues to violate this order.

Just like the international community is sanctioning Japan because they are violating an ICJ order to stop hunting whales.