France backs Hague tribunal over call for arrest warrants for Israel and Hamas leaders

Court in The Hague / Photo: MIA

France's foreign ministry said it supports the independence of the International Criminal Court and its "fight against impunity", in reference to the ICC prosecutor's call for arrest warrants for the leaders of Israel and Hamas.

"France supports the International Criminal Court, its independence and the fight against impunity in all situations," the statement said.

It adds condemnation of the "anti-Semitic massacres" by the militant group Hamas on October 7, as well as possible violations of international law by the Israeli army in Gaza.

"As for Israel, the pre-trial council will decide whether to issue those warrants after examining the evidence submitted by the prosecutor," the statement said.

ICC chief prosecutor Karim Khan on Monday sought an arrest warrant for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Galant for "inciting extermination, inciting starvation as a method of war, including withholding humanitarian aid and deliberately targeting civilians in the conflict."

Arrest warrants have also been sought for Hamas leaders Yahya Sinwar, Mohammed Deif and Ismail Haniyeh for extermination, murder, hostage-taking, rape and sexual assault.

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