European diplomats warn Rafah strike could lead to strict interpretation of ICJ ruling

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European diplomats warn Rafah strike could lead to strict interpretation of ICJ ruling
haaretz.com

Western diplomats warned Monday that European countries may strictly interpret the International Court of Justice's decision on the Israel Defense Forces' operation in Rafah following the deadly incident in which dozens of civilians died as a result of an Israeli attack on the city overnight into Monday.

According to him, however, the death of many Palestinian civilians following a fire that broke out after the IDF attacked Rafah may change the picture.

"It's hard to ignore the awful timing of this incident," one diplomat told Haaretz. "Two days after the ICJ said to Israel, 'you can operate in Rafah but don't cause mass civilian casualties,' an airstrike causes mass civilian casualties. This will turn up the pressure for a complete halt of the offensive, in Rafah and of the war in general."

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, who is highly critical of Israel, accused the country of violating the ICJ's orders. Germany's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the photos coming out of Rafah were "unbearable" and called on Israel to immediately investigate the circumstances of the incident and better protect the civilian population there.

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According to him, however, the death of many Palestinian civilians following a fire that broke out after the IDF attacked Rafah may change the picture.

Tfw you throw a bomb on a refugee camp but the bomb accidentally catches on fire and children are burnt alive

A very unfortunate incident. Hopefully those Palestinians learned to always have a fire extinguisher ready in case their tents spontaneously explode.

Bombs are meant to make people happy. Unfortunately these bombs had a production malfunction that made it explode, causing sadness instead.

Silly Israel! Next time try checking if bombs are correctly functioning to give happy and love!

Signature: US

yeah... US should really outsource their bomb production somewhere, where they care about quality control

The US should get back on that gay bomb project

The Hamas-led fire brigade obviously allowed the fire to continue to burn. /s

Limp dick Europe ain't gonna do jack shit.

They are about as complicit as US in this esp Germany.

Just blank check approval for Israel while running shiti PR about thoughts and prayers.

You're probablt right but since the EU is part of the ICC it cannot just ignore it. The head of the EU is starting to get targeted by rights groups for complicity in Genocide after the latest ICC ruling

I was going to ask "which head" but of course it's vdL. It's the shame of the union how far she managed to fail upwards.

They've been ignoring it successfully so far. International law means jack shit, it's just a fig leaf the West uses to punish enemies and make it seem like it's not purely about power for domestic consumption.