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Israel fears possible arrest warrants against Netanyahu, others by International Criminal Court

Jerusalem: Israel has expressed concern that the International Criminal Court could be preparing to issue arrest warrants for Israeli government officials on charges related to the conduct of its nearly seven-month-long war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has written in general terms about ICC action against Israeli troops and officials as pressure grows.

Israeli officials are worried that the court could issue arrest warrants against Netanyahu and other top officials like Defence Minister Yoav Gallant for alleged violations of international humanitarian law in Gaza, according to Israeli media reports, along with arrest warrants for Hamas leaders. Israel is not a member of the court and does not recognise its jurisdiction, but the Palestinian territories were admitted with the status of a member state in 2015.

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