Chile joins S. African case against Israel at top UN court

Chile’s president Gabriel Boric previously said the war in Gaza has ‘no justification’. (AFP pic)

VALPARASIO: Chilean president Gabriel Boric said Saturday his country was joining South Africa in its case at the International Court of Justice accusing Israel of “genocide” in the war against Hamas.

Speaking to the National Congress, Boric decried the “catastrophic humanitarian situation” in Gaza and called for “a firm response from the international community.”

“Chile will become a party to and support the case that South Africa presented against Israel before the International Court of Justice in The Hague,” Boric said.

The ICJ is considering South Africa’s case, but in the interim has brought in “preliminary measures” ordering Israel do everything it could to prevent acts of genocide during its campaign against Hamas.

The top UN court last month ordered Israel to halt military operations in the southern Gaza city of Rafah, where displaced Palestinians are seeking safety from Israel’s military offensive.

Before the Rafah offensive began, the UN said up to 1.4 million people were sheltering in the city.

Since then, one million have fled the area, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, has said.

Chile has recognised Palestine as a state since 2011, and Boric has previously said the war in Gaza has “no justification” and is “unacceptable.”

The Gaza war was sparked by Hamas’s unprecedented Oct 7 attack, which resulted in the deaths of 1,189 people, mostly civilians, according to an AFP tally based on Israeli official figures.

Fighters also took 252 hostages, 121 of whom remain in Gaza, including 37 the army says are dead.

Israel’s retaliatory offensive has killed at least 36,379 people in Gaza, mostly civilians, according to the Hamas-run territory’s health ministry.


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