Spain joins South Africa's ICJ case accusing Israel of genocide in Gaza

Jose Manuel Albares, Spanish Foreign Minister

© APA | Jose Manuel Albares, Spanish Foreign Minister

# 06 June 2024 14:50 (UTC +04:00)

Spain said on Thursday that it will join South Africa's case at the UN's top court in which Pretoria has accused Israel of "genocide" in the Gaza Strip, APA reports citing The New Arab.

"Our sole goal is to put an end to the war and to advance on the road of applying the two-state solution", Jose Manuel Albares, Spanish Foreign Minister said at a press conference.

His statement came a week after Spain, along with Ireland and Norway, recognised the state of Palestine.

South Africa brought the case before the International Court of Justice last year, alleging that Israel's Gaza offensive, launched in retaliation for an unprecedented Hamas attack on Israel, breached the 1948 UN Genocide Convention.

Israel has strongly denied the accusation.

The ICJ on Friday ordered Israel to ensure "unimpeded access" to UN-mandated investigators to look into allegations of genocide.

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