Algeria calls a UN Security Council for next Wednesday after ICJ ruling on Gaza war

JAN 28, 2024 LISTEN

The UN Security Council will meet next week over the decision by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) calling for Israel to prevent genocidal acts in Gaza, the council's presidency announced on Friday.

The Wednesday meeting was called for by Algeria, whose ministry of foreign affairs said it would give "binding effect to the pronouncement of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the provisional measures imposed on the Israeli occupation".

The ICJ earlier ruled 15-2 that there was “plausibility” to South Africa's claims that Palestinians require protection from genocide.

The ICJ decision “gives the clear message that in order to do all the things that they are asking for, you need a ceasefire for it to happen,” Palestinian Authority Ambassador to the UN Riyad Mansour said.

“So fasten your seat belts,” he said, hinting that the Arab Group, represented on the council by Algeria, would push for one.

The ruling in The Hague was based on an urgent application brought by South Africa, long a supporter of the Palestinian cause, but a broader judgment on whether genocide has been committed could take years.

The ICJ, based in The Hague said Israel must do everything to "prevent the commission of all acts within the scope" of the 1948 UN Genocide Convention.

The UN Security Council, long divided on the Israeli-Palestinian issue, has only agreed to two resolutions since the October 7 Hamas attacks triggered the latest war.

The US previously vetoed a resolution calling for a ceasefire.

In December, the UN demanded aid deliveries “at scale” to Gaza.

Meanwhile, the health ministry in Gaza says the Israeli invasion has killed at least 26,083 people, about 70 percent of them women and children.

The European Union also called for the "immediate" application of the ICJ's decision.

 (with AFP)