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ICJ orders Israel to ensure acts of genocide are not committed in Gaza

11:33 AM | 26 Jan, 2024
ICJ orders Israel to ensure acts of genocide are not committed in Gaza

THE HAGUE – The International Court of Justice (ICJ) today ruled that it has jurisdiction to hear the South Africa’s petition filed against Israel over genocide in Gaza. 

A 16-member bench of the ICJ issued the landmark ruling, as it turned down the Israel plea to throw out the case accusing it of genocide in Gaza.

Judge Joan Donoghue remarked that some allegations against Israel fall within the provisions of the Genocide Convention.

At one point, the ICJ president said Palestinians appeared to be a protected group under the convention.

She said the court noted that the military operation carried out by Israel has resulted in a large number of deaths and injuries, as well as massive destruction of homes, the forcible displacement of the vast majority of the population and extensive damage to civilian infrastructure.

She also cited a statement by senior UN official Martin Griffiths where he said “Gaza has become a place of death and despair”.

The world court has ordered Israel to take all measures to prevent genocide in Gaza where death toll has surpassed 25,000 since Oct 7 Hamas attack against Israel.

The decision is a preliminary stage of a case filed by South Africa at the International Court of Justice alleging that Israel's military action in Gaza amounts to genocide.

South Africa has requested several emergency measures, including the suspension of military operations in Gaza, a halt to further escalation, and the facilitation of humanitarian aid into the region.

It's speculated that the court may not mandate a complete ceasefire but could instead instruct Israel to allow sufficient humanitarian relief into Gaza.

While the ICJ's ruling is final and cannot be appealed, it lacks enforcement mechanisms.

Israel has contended that the ICJ lacks jurisdiction over the case and has dismissed South Africa's allegations of genocide as "grossly distorted" and "blood libel."

Hamas has expressed willingness to abide by any ceasefire directives from the ICJ if Israel reciprocates.

On the other hand, at least 25,900 Palestinians have been martyred and 64,110 wounded in Israeli attacks on Gaza since October last year.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pakistani rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 17 April 2024

Pakistani currency saw minor adjustment against global currencies on April 17, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293.15 for buying and 296.1 for selling while British Pound stands at 344.25 for buying, and 347.6 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.4 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 17 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.4
Euro EUR 293.15 296.1
UK Pound Sterling GBP 344.25 347.6
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45 76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.26 911.26
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.24 58.84
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.75 166.75
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.37 77.07
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76

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