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Iraq backs South Africa's ICJ genocide case against Israel over Gaza war

January 18, 2024 at 8:12 pm

People, holding banners and Palestinian flags, gather to stage demonstration to show solidarity with Palestinians and demand permanent ceasefire in Gaza and to support South Africa case against Israel on January 13, 2024 in Dublin, Ireland. [Stringer – Anadolu Agency]

Iraq voiced support, on Thursday, for South Africa’s genocide lawsuit at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against Israel over its deadly offensive on the Gaza Strip, Anadolu Agency reports.

Iraqi Foreign Minister, Fuad Hussein, met with South African Finance Minister, Enok Godongwana, on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

During the meeting, Hussein hailed South Africa’s support for the Palestinian cause and commended its lawsuit at the ICJ accusing Israel of committing genocide in the Gaza Strip, the Iraqi Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Talks between the two sides took up ways of boosting bilateral cooperation, especially in the fields of economy and trade, the Ministry said.

Watch: South Africa’s Gaza genocide case against Israel at the ICJ

Godongwana, for his part, reiterated his country’s support for the Palestinians and its rejection of any violations against them in the Gaza Strip.

Israel has launched relentless air and ground attacks on the Gaza Strip since a cross-border attack by Hamas, which Tel Aviv says killed around 1,200 people.

However, since then, it has been revealed by Haaretz that helicopters and tanks of the Israeli army had, in fact, killed many of the 1,139 soldiers and civilians claimed by Israel to have been killed by the Palestinian Resistance.

At least 24,620 Palestinians have since been killed, mostly women and children, and 61,830 others injured, according to Palestinian health authorities.

The Israeli offensive has left 85 per cent of Gaza’s population internally displaced amid acute shortages of food, clean water and medicine, while 60 per cent of the enclave’s infrastructure was damaged or destroyed, according to the UN.