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Latest news on Israel-Hamas war: ICJ to hold hearings on Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory – The Washington Post

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The UN’s highest court is set to begin public hearings on Monday into the legality of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory.

The six-day hearing could add to political pressure on Israel over the Gaza war, even as it focuses on a broader issue: control of the occupied West Bank, annexed East Jerusalem and the Strip. Gaza.

The United States is among the countries expected to participate on Wednesday, along with Egypt, Russia and France. Chinese officials are due to appear in court on Thursday. Israel will not participate.

Israel does not consider it to “occupy” Gaza, arguing that it ceded control of the enclave in 2005, when it unilaterally withdrew. However, human rights groups say Israel has maintained its control over Gaza in other ways, including through a blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt when the militant group Hamas took over. power in 2007. The Biden administration has said there should be no “reoccupation” of Gaza as a result of the current conflict.

This is not the first time that the subject has been raised. In 2022, the United Nations General Assembly asked the International Court of Justice – which was created to decide issues between states – to provide a non-binding “advisory” opinion on the decades-long occupation.

Meanwhile, the UN Security Council is expected to vote this week on an Algerian-drafted resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. Washington – one of five permanent members of the Council with veto power – said he would not support the measure.

Gaza’s health ministry and a senior UN official said on February 18 that there was no electricity and not enough staff to operate the Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis. (Video: Reuters)

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The Israeli government approved a declaration on Sunday that the country will not recognize a Palestinian state. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said The decision came “in light of remarks that have been heard recently within the international community regarding an attempt to unilaterally impose the creation of a Palestinian state on Israel.” A peace plan being developed by the United States and Arab countries provides a timetable for the creation of a Palestinian state.

Norway will help transfer funds frozen by Israel to the Palestinian Authority. The Palestinian Authority relies on tax revenues collected by Israel on its behalf to finance public services in the Palestinian territories. But after the October 7 Hamas attack, Israel refused to transfer Gaza’s share of funds, and the Palestinian Authority said it would not accept receiving incomplete funds. Norway has now said the PA has agreed to receive the remainder of the funds from Israel, with Norway retaining the frozen funds until both sides agree to release them.

Nasser Hospital, the largest medical facility in southern Gaza, “is no longer functional.” World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Sunday after days of Israeli raids. He added that there were still around 200 patients in the hospital and at least 20 of them needed to be transferred to other hospitals for urgent care.

At least 29,092 people have been killed in Gaza and 69,028 injured since the start of the war, according to the Gaza Ministry of Health. Israel estimates that around 1,200 people were killed in the October 7 Hamas attack and says 236 soldiers have been killed since its military operation in Gaza began.

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