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Saudi Arabia Welcomes World Court Order to ‘Immediately Halt’ Rafah Offensive

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced Saudi Arabia’s welcome and support to the ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) that ordered Israel to halt its military operations in Rafah, reported Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

The ICJ ordered Israel on Friday to stop its Rafah military assault in Gaza in response to a complaint from South Africa.

It also ruled Israel must keep Rafah crossing open for “unhindered” humanitarian aid.

The Kingdom has expressed its appreciation to the ICJ, considering its rulings as a positive step towards recognizing the legitimate rights of the Palestinians.

Furthermore, Saudi Arabia stressed that such international rulings and orders should involve all Palestinian areas in accordance with the international laws.

At the same time, the Kingdom has called the international community to bear its responsibility to halt the ongoing genocide in Gaza and save the civilians from this bloody war.

It is noteworthy that ICJ rulings are binding, but the court has no power to enforce them.

However, the order is anticipated to increase the international pressure on Israel to end the war.

Israel has recently faced growing criticism, even form its closest ally, the US, which warned against an invasion of Rafah, a shelter to many Palestinians from the continuous bombardment and fighting.

Moreover, three European countries, Ireland, Spain and Norway, have announced their intention to recognize a Palestinian state.

The chief prosecutor for another U.N. court has requested that judges issue war crimes arrest warrants for Israeli and Hamas leaders.

The ICJ also ordered Israel to submit a report to the court within one month containing all measures taken to comply with the order.

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