PA welcomes ICC decision to open war crimes probe, offers ‘any assistance required’

The Palestinian Authority welcomes the International Criminal Court’s decision on Wednesday to investigate war crimes in the West Bank and Gaza starting in 2014.

In a statement, Ramallah’s Foreign Ministry indicates that it would be willing to provide “any assistance required… to realize justice for the Palestinian people.”

“This long-awaited step serves Palestine’s tireless endeavor to achieve justice and accountability, which are indispensable foundations for the peace that the Palestinian people demand and deserve,” the PA Foreign Ministry.

“The crimes committed by the leaders of the Israeli occupation against the Palestinian people are continuous, systematic and widespread,” the statement adds.

Hamas, which is likely to be directly implicated in the 2014 war crimes investigation, has yet to comment on the decision. A senior Hamas official did not respond to a request for comment.