Five Nations seek war crimes probe in Palestinian territories

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on Friday said he had received a joint request from five countries to investigate the situation in the Palestinian territories.

Prosecutor Karim Kahn said the referral had come from South Africa, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Comoros and Djibouti. South Africa said the request was made “to ensure that the ICC pays urgent attention to the grave situation in Palestine.”

The ICC already has an ongoing investigation into “the situation in the State of Palestine” for alleged war crimes committed since June 13, 2014.

Last month, Kahn said that his office had jurisdiction¬†both over Hamas’ attack on Israel on Oct. 7 and any crimes committed as part of Israel’s response including bombings in the Gaza Strip.

Because an investigation was already under way, Friday’s request will have limited practical impact.