ICC prosecutor seeks Gaza 'war crimes' arrest warrant for Netanyahu

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on Monday applied for arrest warrant against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on suspicion of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Karim Khan said he was seeking warrants against Netanyahu and Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant for crimes including "starvation", "wilful killing", and "extermination and/or murder".

"We submit that the crimes against humanity charged were committed as part of a widespread and systematic attack against the Palestinian civilian population pursuant to State policy. These crimes, in our assessment, continue to this day," said Khan in reference to Netanyahu and Gallant.

The charges also laid against the Hamas leaders including Yahya Sinwar, the head of the movement, include "extermination", "rape and other acts of sexual violence", and "taking hostages as a war crime".

"We submit that the crimes against humanity charged were part of a widespread and systematic attack against the civilian population of Israel by Hamas and other armed groups pursuant to organisational policies," said the statement.

Khan alleged that the two Hamas leaders, plus Mohammed Deif, who heads Hamas's armed wing, were "criminally responsible for the killing of hundreds of Israeli civilians" during the attacks of Oct. 7, 2023.

Hamas said it "strongly condemns" the ICC prosecutor's application for arrest warrants against it leaders, but said it supported the ICC's move against Netanyahu and Gallant.

"The Hamas movement strongly condemns the attempts of the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to equate the victim with the executioner by issuing arrest warrants against a number of Palestinian resistance leaders," the militant group said in a...

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