The Palestinian foreign ministry has welcomed a request by Chile and Mexico for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate crimes against civilians, as Israel’s war on Gaza continues unabated.
According to the Health Ministry in Gaza, Israeli attacks have devastated the Gaza Strip since Hamas fighters launched a surprise attack inside Israel on October 7 that killed about 1,140 people, mostly civilians, according to Israeli officials. Israel retaliated with a relentless air and ground offensive that has killed more than 24,600 people, about 70 percent of them children, women and the elderly.
Mexico’s foreign ministry in a statement on Thursday, said the referral is due to the growing concern over the latest escalation of violence, particularly against civilian targets.
“The referral confirms the urgent need for the Court to fulfill its mandate, to deter, investigate and prosecute the most serious crimes of concern for the international community,” a ministry statement said on Friday.
Meanwhile in Chile’s capital, Santiago, Foreign Minister Alberto van Klaveren said in a news conference that the country supports the investigation of any possible war crime whether they are war crimes committed by Israelis or by Palestinians. The Palestinian foreign ministry welcomed the move.