The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague announced on Wednesday that her office would formally open a probe into reported war crimes in the Palestinian territories . In a statement, Fatou Bensouda said the investigation would be carried out “independently, impartially and objectively, without fear or favor.” What we know so far The ICC investigation will examine both sides in the conflict The Palestinian Authority (PA) welcomed the decision, stating that it will achieve justice and accountability Israel has accused the ICC of “anti-Semitism” The decision comes after the ICC ruled on February 5 that it has jurisdiction in the case, prompting an immediate rejection from Jerusalem and Washington Bensouda has asked judges to rule on the extent of the ICC’s jurisdiction in the region War crimes ‘are being committed’ Bensouda said the decision to open an investigation “followed a painstaking preliminary examination undertaken by my office that lasted close to five years.” “In the end, our central concern must be for the victims of crimes, both Palestinian and Israeli, arising from the long cycle of violence and insecurity that has caused deep suffering and despair on all sides,” she said. “My office will take the same principled, nonpartisan, approach that… Read full this story
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