US, Russia to speak on Israeli occupation at top U.N. court

US, Russia to speak on Israeli occupation at top U.N. court
# 21 February 2024 11:12 (UTC +04:00)

The United States and Russia will present arguments on Wednesday in proceedings at the U.N.'s highest court examining the legality of Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories, APA reports citing Reuters.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ), also known as the World Court, was asked in 2022 by the U.N. General Assembly to issue a non-binding opinion on the legal consequences of the o

More than 50 states will present arguments until Feb. 26. Egypt and France were also scheduled to speak on Wednesday.

On Monday, Palestinian representatives asked the judges to declare Israel's occupation of their territory illegal and said its opinion could help reach a two-state so

The judges are expected to take roughly six months to issue their opinion on the request, which also asks them to consider the legal status of the occupation and its consequences for states.

Israel ignored a World Court opinion in 2004 when it found that Israel's separation wall in the West Bank violated international law and should be dismantled. Instead, it has been extended.

The current hearings could increase political pressure over Israel's war in Gaza, which has killed about 29,000 Palestinians, according to Gaza health officials, since Hamas attacked Israel on Oct. 7.

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THE OPERATION IS BEING PERFORMED