23 April 2021,   16:09
ICC opens “war crimes” investigation in West Bank and Gaza

The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor has opened a formal investigation into alleged war crimes in the Palestinian territories, writes BBC.

Fatou Bensouda said the probe would cover events in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip since June 2014.

Last month, the Hague-based court ruled that it could exercise its criminal jurisdiction over the territories.

Israel rejected Ms Bensouda’s decision, while Palestinian officials praised it.

The US expressed disappointment and opposition to the move.

The ICC has the authority to prosecute those accused of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes on the territory of states party to the Rome Statute, its founding treaty.