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Finland Urges Israel to Respect ICJ Rulings


Wed 29 May 2024 | 11:15 AM
Israa Farhan

Finland's Foreign Minister Elina Valtonen has called on Israel to respect the rulings of the International Court of Justice and international humanitarian law, as reported by Cairo News.

Valtonen expressed her concerns regarding the ongoing Israeli attacks on Rafah, Palestine.

Valtonen stated on the social media platform X that Finland has consistently urged Israel to refrain from attacking Rafah, which is home to a large number of displaced Palestinians.

This call for restraint comes in light of a recent escalation in violence.

On Tuesday, 21 Palestinian civilians were killed and several others injured in a new massacre committed by Israeli forces.

The attack targeted a refugee camp in the Al-Mawasi area of Rafah, which had been previously declared a safe zone by the Israeli military during its ground invasion on May 6.

Valtonen expressed deep regret over the loss of lives, including children, in these Israeli attacks.

She reiterated the importance of all parties respecting the decisions of the International Court of Justice and adhering to international humanitarian law.

On Sunday evening, 45 Palestinian civilians, predominantly women and children, were killed and dozens injured when Israeli airstrikes targeted refugee tents in the Tel Sultan area, northwest of Rafah.

Despite Israeli claims that the area was safe for displaced individuals, the attack resulted in significant casualties.

Despite global condemnation, Israel has continued its military offensive in Gaza since October 7.

The death toll has reached 36,096, with the majority being children and women.

The number of injuries stands at 81,136, and the figures are expected to rise as many victims remain trapped under rubble.

Israel, the occupying power, has ignored a United Nations Security Council resolution demanding an immediate cessation of hostilities and orders from the International Court of Justice to halt its attacks on Rafah.

The court has also called for immediate measures to prevent acts of genocide and improve the humanitarian situation in Gaza.