Gaza war: ICC chief prosecutor seeks arrest warrants for Israel PM Netanyahu, Hamas leaders

05:14 PM | 20 May, 2024
Gaza war: ICC chief prosecutor seeks arrest warrants for Israel PM Netanyahu, Hamas leaders

The International Criminal Court (ICC)’s chief prosecutor Karim Khan has sought arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and top leaders from Hamas for war crimes committed in Gaza strip and Israel.

Speaking of the Israeli actions, Khan said, “the effects of the use of starvation as a method of warfare, together with other attacks and collective punishment against the civilian population of Gaza are acute, visible and widely known. ... They include malnutrition, dehydration, profound suffering and an increasing number of deaths among the Palestinian population, including babies, other children, and women.”

The prosecutor stated that the application also sought arrest warrants for Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar and two other prominent Hamas figures – Mohammed Deif, leader of the Hamas Al-Qassam Brigades – on charges of "extermination, murder, taking of hostages, rape, and sexual assault in detention." 

The applications, which will be reviewed by a panel of judges to determine if arrest warrants should be issued, target Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, and Hamas leaders Yahya Sinwar, Mohammed Deif (leader of the Al-Qassam Brigades), and Ismail Haniyeh (the political leader of Hamas). 

This decision is unprecedented, marking the first time the ICC has targeted a national leader from a close US ally, putting Netanyahu in a situation similar to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has an ICC arrest warrant related to the Ukraine war. 

The ICC judges will now examine Khan's applications for these arrest warrants.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Currency Rates in Pakistan - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 20 June 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 20, 2024 (Thursday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.50 for buying and 280.65 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 296 and selling rate is 299 while British Pound rate is 349.7 for buying, and 353.25 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 74.80 and Saudi Riyal at 72.80.

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US Dollar USD 277.50 280.65
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