World Court to deliver ruling this afternoon on South Africa’s bid for halt to Rafah offensive

The International Court of Justice will issue its ruling this afternoon on a bid by South Africa to order Israel to implement a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip as the IDF presses on with its offensive in Rafah.

Pretoria has urged the International Court of Justice to order an “immediate” stop to Israel’s war against Hamas, including in the southernmost city of Rafah, where Israel believes four of Hamas’s six remaining battalions to be located, along with many of the hostages.

The ruling will be delivered by ICJ President Judge Nawaf Salam at 4 p.m. Israel time, and can be watched live:

In an unsourced report Thursday, Ynet said officials believe there is a low chance the ICJ will reject South Africa’s request for a cessation of hostilities, a medium chance that the court will accept South Africa’s original demand to halt the war in Gaza, and a medium-to-high chance that it will focus its ceasefire order on Rafah.

The report also assessed that there was a high chance the court would issue additional orders to increase humanitarian aid to Palestinians in Gaza.

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