Colombian President Gustavo Petro has revealed that the Latin American country will seek to prosecute Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for atrocities committed versus Palestinian civilians in Gaza.
Foreign Minister Alvaro Leyva was set up to consult with International Wrongdoer Court (ICC) district attorneys on Friday, to formally push charges against Netanyahu over "the massacre of the Palestinian individuals's kids and civilians he has caused," according to Petro.
The president posted on X (previously Twitter) on Thursday that Colombia "will add to the complaint by the Republic of Algeria" for war crimes, filed before the ICC versus Netanyahu.
Earlier this week, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune contacted the ICC to "do something about it" to stop Israel's campaign against Gaza, and prompted human rights organizations and other Arab nations to take legal action against Netanyahu.
3 NGOs-- Al-Haq, Al Mezan, and the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights-- did so on Wednesday, urging the ICC to examine Israel for "apartheid" and "genocide" over the "continuous barrage of Israeli airstrikes on largely populated civilian areas within the Gaza Strip."
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The US categorizes both Colombia and Israel as "significant non-NATO ally" states. Problem in between the two started last month, nevertheless, when Israeli ambassador in Bogota, Gali Dagan, pressed Petro's federal government to back Netanyahu's war on Gaza.
Writing on X on October 19, Petro reacted that "the barbarity of the state of Israel versus the Palestinian people has far surpassed the barbarity of Hamas against the Israeli civilian population" throughout the October 7 attacks. The Colombian leader then called for an independent Palestinian state within the 1967 borders with Israel.
Bogota has given that asked Dagan to leave-- he hasn't-- and recalled its envoy from Tel Aviv. Colombia stopped short of severing diplomatic ties with Israel, unlike Bolivia, which did so at the end of October.
Following the October 7 Hamas attack, when the Palestinian militants killed an estimated 1,400 Israelis and took over 200 captive, Israel stated war on Gaza and started battle the enclave. More than 10,000 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli strikes up until now, according to local authorities in Gaza.
Israel does not acknowledge the jurisdiction of the ICC, but the Hague-based court has actually ruled in 2021 that its writ applies to the West Bank and Gaza, which the UN considers to be under Israeli occupation because 1967.
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