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International Court of Justice to Hold Hearings on Israel’s Rafah Attacks

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague will hold hearings on May 16 and 17 regarding South Africa’s request for emergency orders against Israel to halt its Rafah offensive. South Africa has petitioned the ICJ for provisional measures, asking the court to order Israel to immediately withdraw and cease its military offensive in Rafah, as well as to facilitate unimpeded access of humanitarian aid into Gaza.

Israel’s response is scheduled for the following day. The ICJ, established to rule on disputes between states, has legally binding judgments but limited means to enforce them.