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Egypt joins South Africa's lawsuit against Israel at the International Court of Justice

Egypt announced, on Sunday, its intention to officially intervene to support the lawsuit filed by South Africa against Israel, before the International Court of Justice, to look into its violations of its obligations under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in the Gaza Strip.

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The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the intervention in the lawsuit against Israel comes in light of the worsening severity and scope of the Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip, the intensification of the direct targeting of civilians and the destruction of infrastructure in the Strip, and the push of the Palestinians to be displaced and displaced from their land.

The statement pointed out that these attacks led to an unprecedented humanitarian crisis and created unlivable conditions in Gaza, in flagrant violation of the provisions of international law, international humanitarian law, and the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 regarding the protection of civilian persons in time of war.

The statement continued, "Egypt called on Israel to comply with its obligations as the occupying power, and to implement the provisional measures issued by the International Court of Justice, which demand ensuring the access of humanitarian and relief aid in a manner sufficient to meet the needs of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, and that the Israeli forces not commit any violations against the Palestinian people, as they are a people who enjoy... Protection in accordance with the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. The statement renewed Egypt’s demand to the Security Council and influential international parties for the necessity of immediate action to cease fire in the Gaza Strip and military operations in the Palestinian city of Rafah, and to provide the necessary protection for Palestinian civilians.

On Saturday, the Egyptian Cairo Satellite News Channel quoted a high-ranking source as saying that Cairo refused to coordinate with Israel in the entry of aid from the Rafah crossing due to “the unacceptable Israeli escalation and holding it responsible for the deterioration of the situation in the Gaza Strip before all parties.”

Israeli forces stormed and took control of the Palestinian side of the Rafah border crossing with Egypt, and Israeli tanks also penetrated some eastern neighborhoods of Rafah.

Cairo informed Israel of the “danger of escalation” after the Hebrew state took control of the Palestinian side of the crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, stressing the agreement of all parties to complete the “negotiating path” in an effort to achieve a truce, according to what Egyptian media reported on Tuesday.

The Cairo News Channel, which is close to Egyptian intelligence, quoted an unnamed senior source as saying, “We informed Israel of the danger of the escalation, and Egypt is ready to deal with all scenarios.”

He added, "There is agreement among all parties to return to the negotiating track," with the Egyptian capital hosting delegations representing both Hamas and Israel, in addition to Qatar and the United States, which are participating with Egypt in mediation efforts.



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