Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Hamas says UN report on Gaza genocide poses ‘real test’ for international community

There have been numerous warnings that Israel may be committing genocide in Gaza © Marie-Anne Ventoura/Amnesty International UK

Hamas, the ruling entity in Gaza has called on the International Criminal Court to hold Israel “accountable for genocide and ethnic cleansing” in light of a report published by the UN.

“The statements of the United Nations Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories, Francesca Albanese, that there is sufficient evidence that the criminal Zionist occupation army has committed acts of genocide and ethnic cleansing against our Palestinian people … is an additional acknowledgment from a senior UN official, which puts the international community and the United Nations before a real test to protect humanity and stand up to their responsibilities to prevent acts of genocide that humanity exceeded decades ago,” Hamas said in a statement.

“We call on the International Criminal Court to move beyond the silence and take urgent action to hold the occupation leaders accountable for the genocide and ethnic cleansing they are committing against our Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip in full view of the world.”

Albanese in her report said she found “reasonable grounds” to believe Israel has committed genocide in Gaza.

Meanwhile, attacks continue and the situation on the ground remains dire despite a UN Security Council resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza during Ramadan.

Israel’s war has killed at least 32,414 people in Gaza, most of them women and children, according to the health ministry.

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