The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Karim Khan, on Sunday accused Israel of committing a “moral and legal violation” in the war in the Gaza Strip, stressing that the court works to implement international law and investigate all crimes in Gaza or Israel.
Khan said in a press conference held in Cairo after his visit to the Rafah border crossing from the Egyptian side, "I was not able to enter the Gaza Strip, but we saw, as everyone saw on television, the tragedies that innocent civilians were exposed to."
He added, "Children in the Gaza Strip, who were supposed to play and have fun with their friends and go to their schools to learn and hope for a better future, are going through unimaginable experiences, and no one can imagine the pain and terror. Many of them were killed and injured."
He considered that "it is horrifying to see the corpses and bodies of young children filled with dirt, and we stand silent and emotionless over these dead."
He continued, saying, "We cannot turn a blind eye to the suffering that innocent people are experiencing. The law must be applied to provide protection for all people and not for a specific group."
He stressed that any violation of civilian rights or attacks on safe places such as mosques, churches and hospitals will be condemned under international law as they are legally protected places.
He believed that Israel was committing a moral and legal violation in its war in the Gaza Strip, stressing that Israel must realize that any attack that affects civilians must be responded to within the framework of the law.
The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court explained, “We are working to implement international law, investigate all crimes, and obtain evidence regarding the war in the Gaza Strip or those committed in Israel on October 7,” referring to the Hamas attack.
He appealed to the citizens of the world to send all information that might be useful in investigations into the war in the Gaza Strip.
Khan said that for more than two years, he and his team have been working on the Palestinian issue and trying to reach solutions as much as possible, pointing out that "the investigation into the situation in Palestine is very important to us, and the situation in the Palestinian territories cannot be overlooked."
For the twenty-third day, the most violent confrontation between Israel and the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) continues after the Palestinian movement launched an unprecedented attack under the name “Al-Aqsa Flood” against Israel, to which the latter responded by declaring a state of war and launching a large-scale military operation against Hamas in the Gaza Strip in the name of "Iron Swords", which has so far claimed the lives of 1,400 Israelis and more than 8,000 Palestinians.