Turkey says it will submit declaration to ICJ to join genocide case against Israel

The International Court of Justice (ICJ), holds public hearings on the request for an advisory opinion on Israel's presence in the West Bank, from February 19 to 26, 2024 at the Peace Palace in The Hague. (International Court of Justice)
The International Court of Justice (ICJ), holds public hearings on the request for an advisory opinion on Israel's presence in the West Bank, from February 19 to 26, 2024 at the Peace Palace in The Hague. (International Court of Justice)

Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan says that Ankara has decided to submit its declaration of official intervention in South Africa’s genocide case against Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Earlier this month, Fidan announced the decision to join the case launched by South Africa as Ankara stepped up measures against Israel over its ongoing war against Hamas in Gaza, following the terror group’s October 7 attack.

“We condemned civilians being killed on October 7,” he tells a press conference with his Austrian counterpart. “But Israel systematically killing thousands of innocent Palestinians and rendering a whole residential area uninhabitable is a crime against humanity, attempted genocide, and the manifestation of genocide.”

A foreign ministry official says Turkey had not yet submitted the formal application to the ICJ.

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