Suspected of serious crimes: Prosecutor seeks arrest warrant for Netanyahu

International Criminal Court Prosecutor Seeks Arrest Warrants for Israeli Prime Minister and Hamas Leaders

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is suspected of committing crimes against humanity.

Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Kameer Khan Israel on Monday called for the arrest of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Galant and the leaders of the Hamas terrorist organization.

Prosecutors suspect Netanyahu, Gallant and Hamas leaders of war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Gaza war.

According to Khan, Netanyahu and Gallant used starvation as a tool of war and deliberate killing and destruction or murder.

– We submit that these crimes against humanity were carried out as part of a large-scale and systematic attack on Palestinian civilians in accordance with (Israeli) state policy, Khan declares, referring to Netanyahu and Gallant.

– In our estimation, these crimes are still being committed today.

Charges against Hamas leaders, including Yahya Shinwar, head of Hamas’s political wing, include extermination, rape and other sexual violence, and hostage-taking.

According to Khan, Hamas has targeted these crimes “largely and systematically” against Israeli civilians. It is also believed to have acted in accordance with the political ideology of Hamas.

Already in 2021, the ICC opened an investigation into suspected war crimes committed in the Palestinian territories by Israel, Hamas and other armed Palestinian groups.

According to Khan, the investigation will now include the escalation of violence and hostilities following the surprise attack by Hamas on October 7, 2023.

AFP reported that Khan had called on Hamas on several occasions to release the hostages and had warned Israel against military action in the border town of Rafah.

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