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World Court Responds: ‘Israel Is Bound Fully To Comply’

Feb. 17—Israel having responded Feb. 15 to South Africa’s letter filed Feb. 12 requesting further urgent measures by the World Court to prevent a humanitarian disaster in Rafah, the Court then issued a brief and toughly-worded response by letter to both nations, declining any further orders, but warning that Israel had better comply with those issued by the Court Jan. 26.

“The Court notes that the most recent developments in the Gaza Strip, and in Rafah in particular, ‘would exponentially increase what is already a humanitarian nightmare with untold regional consequences’, as stated by the United Nations Secretary-General (Remarks to the General Assembly on priorities for 2024 (7 Feb. 2024)).

“This perilous situation demands immediate and effective implementation of the provisional measures indicated by the Court in its Order of 26 January 2024, which are applicable throughout the Gaza Strip, including in Rafah, and does not demand the indication of additional provisional measures.

“The Court emphasizes that the State of Israel remains bound to fully comply with its obligations under the Genocide Convention and with the said Order, including by ensuring the safety and security of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.”

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