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ICC seeks arrest warrants for Sinwar and Netanyahu for war crimes linked to October 7 attack and Gaza war


The International Criminal Court seeks arrest warrants for Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for war crimes and crimes against humanity following the October 7 attacks on Israel and the subsequent war in Gaza, the court’s chief prosecutor, Karim Khan, told CNN. Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview on Monday.

Khan said the ICC was also seeking arrest warrants for Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, as well as two other senior Hamas leaders — Mohammed Diab Ibrahim al-Masri, the leader of the Al Qassem Brigades and better known as name of Mohammed Deif, and Ismail Haniyeh, of Hamas. ‘ political leader.

The arrest warrants for Israeli politicians mark the first time the ICC has targeted the top leader of a close US ally. The move places Netanyahu alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin, against whom the ICC has issued an arrest warrant over Moscow’s war against Ukraine.

A panel of ICC judges will now consider Khan’s arrest warrant request.

Khan said the charges against Sinwar, Haniyeh and al-Masri include “extermination, murder, hostage-taking, rape and sexual assault in custody.”

“The world was shocked on October 7 when people were taken from their rooms, from their homes, from the different kibbutzim in Israel,” Khan told Amanpour, adding that “people suffered enormously.”

Accusations against Netanyahu and Gallant include “causing extermination, provoking famine as a method of warfare, including withholding humanitarian aid, deliberately targeting civilians in conflict,” Khan told Amanpour.

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Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar, left, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, are pictured.

When reports surfaced last month that the ICC’s chief prosecutor was considering this course of action, Netanyahu said that any ICC arrest warrants for senior officials in the Israeli government and military ” would be a scandal of historic proportions” and that Israel “has an independent legal system”. which rigorously investigates all violations of the law.

Asked by Amanpour about Netanyahu’s comments, Khan replied: “No one is above the law.”

He said that if Israel disagrees with the ICC, “they are free, despite their objections to jurisdiction, to challenge before the judges of the Court and that is what I advise them to do.”

Israel and the United States are not members of the ICC. However, the ICC claims to have jurisdiction over Gaza, East Jerusalem and the West Bank after Palestinian leaders formally agreed to be bound by the court’s founding principles in 2015.

This story is breaking and will be updated.

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