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ICC prosecutor opens probe in Palestinian territories | THE DAILY STAR

ICC prosecutor opens probe in Palestinian territories

The International Criminal Court opened a war crimes probe Wednesday into the situation in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, a move that risks further inflaming one of the world's most bitter conflicts.

The controversial investigation launched by the Hague-based court's chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda is to cover alleged crimes by both sides, mainly during the 2014 Gaza war.

Israel, which is not an ICC member, swiftly denounced the decision as an "act of moral and legal bankruptcy".

The Palestinians, who have been a state party to the court since 2015, hailed the start of the "urgent and necessary" probe.

"Today, I confirm the initiation by the office of the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court of an investigation respecting the situation in Palestine," Bensouda said in a statement.

She said the formal investigation followed a "painstaking" five-year preliminary probe, and vowed it would be conducted "independently, impartially and objectively, without fear or favour....afp

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