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South Africa Urges UN Court to Halt Israel’s ‘Genocidal’ Assault on Gaza

South Africa has accused Israel of escalating its “genocide” in Gaza, urging the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to order an immediate halt to Israel’s military offensive in Rafah.

In a hearing at the ICJ, South Africa’s representative, Vusimuzi Madonsela, stated that Israel’s actions have reached a “new and horrific stage” and called for a ceasefire throughout Gaza.

South Africa is seeking three emergency orders from the ICJ, including the immediate withdrawal of Israeli forces from Rafah, unimpeded access for humanitarian aid workers, and regular reporting from Israel on its measures to comply with the court’s orders.

The ICJ had previously ordered Israel to prevent genocidal acts and enable humanitarian aid to Gaza, but South Africa argues that the situation on the ground requires fresh action.

Israel has described South Africa’s case as “wholly unfounded” and “morally repugnant” and is expected to respond on Friday.

The situation in Gaza remains dire, with over 600,000 people having fled Rafah since military operations intensified, and at least 35,233 people killed, mostly civilians, according to Gaza’s health ministry.

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