Palestine requests court action over Gaza war

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Riyad Mansour. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The Palestinian government has confirmed that it will launch court action against Israel at the UN-backed International Criminal Court, ICC.

Speaking at United Nations headquarters on Friday, the Ambassador of Palestine said retroactive action had been requested for alleged crimes committed by Israel in Gaza from June to August last year.

The 50-day conflict between Israel and the Palestinian faction, Hamas led to the deaths of 2000 Palestinians and 70 Israelis as well as the widespread destruction of property.

Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations said the request was made to the ICC in The Hague on Thursday.

"We delivered last night a letter to the Office of the Registrar in The Hague requesting retroactivity with regard to the crimes committed during the last war in Gaza and reserving our right for other retroactive crimes committed by Israel."

The Palestinians formally submitted an application to join the International Criminal Court to the UN Secretary-General on Friday.

It will take 60 days to complete the accession process to the court.

There was no immediate reaction from Israel at the UN.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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