The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ordered by 15 votes to 2 that Israel take all measures in its power to prevent the killing of Palestinians, causing bodily or mental harm and deliberately inflicting harm of life.
The court has not directly ordered a ceasefire, it has, however, ordered Israel not to commit genocide in its military operation and to allow humanitarian aid.
The ICJ, earlier had termed the situation in Gaza catastrophic and added there was serious risk of the situation deteriorating even further before it could render a final judgment on this matter.
By 15 votes to 2 – the ICJ orders Israel to deliver a report to the court within one month of this order on the measures it’s taking to prevent the loss of life and in fulfilling the court’s order.
ICJ orders Israel to ‘take all measures in its power’ to prevent killing of Palestinians
While the court has not directly ordered a ceasefire, it has ordered Israel not to commit genocide in its military operation and to allow humanitarian aid.
President Cyril Ramaphosa will address South Africa at 5pm on Friday in response to the ICJ’s order.