| 21 July 2024, Sunday |

ICC prosecutor at Rafah border crossing says hopes to visit Gaza, Israel

Karim Khan, an International Criminal Court prosecutor, visited the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt on Sunday and posted a video on X social media, stating he plans to visit the Gaza Strip and Israel while in the region.

He also stated that civilian assistance supplies must not be hampered in any manner.

“There should not be any impediments to humanitarian relief supplies going to children, women and men, civilians, they are innocent,” Khan said.

He added that civilians have rights under international humanitarian law and they “give rise to even criminal responsibility when these rights are curtailed under the Rome Statute” which founded the ICC.

The court has been investigating in the occupied Palestinian territories since 2021, looking into possible war crimes and crimes against humanity there.

Khan has previously said that the ICC has jurisdiction over alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity during both the Oct. 7 Hamas attack in Israel and in the territory of Gaza.

  • Reuters