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Turkiye prepares to notify ICC about Israel’s war crimes

October 31, 2023 at 7:20 pm

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes remarks following a cabinet meeting at the Presidential Complex in Ankara, Turkiye on October 31, 2023. [Muhammed Selim Korkutata – Anadolu Agency]

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced last week in a pro-Palestinian rally that they would declare Israel a “war criminal” to the world. Authorities are now exploring ways to bring crimes committed by Israel against Palestinian civilians before the International Criminal Court (ICC), Daily Sabah reports.

According to the report, Justice Minister, Yılmaz Tunc, had said earlier that the UN resolution was an important statement proving Israel committed genocide and crimes against humanity. The resolution condemned “all acts of violence against Palestinian and Israeli civilians, including all acts of terror and indiscriminate attacks, as well as all acts of provocation, incitement and destruction.”

It also demanded that “all parties immediately and fully comply with their obligations under international law.”

Tunc said in a social media post that the UN resolution was “soft law”, but emphasised the legally binding nature of international law. “Such resolutions approved by a large majority have been admitted as evidence in the International Court of Justice proceedings in the past.

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