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Palestinians recognise ICC jurisdiction for period covering Gaza war

Israeli soldiers patrol near the border fence between Israel and the southern Gaza Strip on December 24, 2014The International Criminal Court said Palestinian authorities had formally recognised the court’s jurisdiction to investigate crimes allegedly committed during last summer’s Gaza war. The legal declaration would allow the ICC to scrutinise offences allegedly committed since June 13, 2014, the start of Israel’s military operation, but does not mean the court would automatically launch an investigation, it said. The Palestinians have formally requested to join the Hague-based court in a move which opens the way for them to file suit against Israeli officials for alleged war crimes in the occupied territories, a request that has infuriated Israel. Acceptance of the ICC’s jurisdiction differs from accession to the Rome Statute, the Court’s founding treaty.

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