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PA will bring Israel to ICC, foreign minister says

by JTA

August 10, 2014 | 9:36 am

<em>A Palestinian woman leads a girl past destroyed buildings after returning to Beit Hanoun town, which witnesses said was heavily hit by Israeli shelling and air strikes during the Israeli offensive, in the northern Gaza Strip August 5, 2014. Photo credit Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters</em>

A Palestinian woman leads a girl past destroyed buildings after returning to Beit Hanoun town, which witnesses said was heavily hit by Israeli shelling and air strikes during the Israeli offensive, in the northern Gaza Strip August 5, 2014. Photo credit Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters

The Palestinian Authority will bring Israel before the International Criminal Court for war crimes, its foreign minister said.

“We will go to the ICJ (International Court of Justice), and put our signature on it. Very soon we will be a (sovereign) state. That is enough for the court to start an investigation,” Riyad al-Malki, told the French news agency AFP from Bogata.

Before attending the inauguration of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, Malki was in The Hague to discuss asking the court to open a case against Israel.

“I asked the ICJ to start an official investigation, to see if what Israel has done in the past 33 days reaches the level of war crimes,” Malki said.

The PA is currently not a member of the court and its status as a country is unclear.

Following a 72-hour cease-fire that ended Friday morning, Palestinian factions in Gaza began firing rockets again into Israel. Israel has responded with targeted rocket and naval attacks, but has not entered Gaza with ground troops.

Israel has been accused of war crimes and violating international humanitarian law for the deaths of Gaza civilians, as well as striking United Nations buildings sheltering displaced Gazans.

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