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EU mulls sanctioning Israel over refusal to comply with World Court’s ruling

ATHENS, May 28 — The European Union (EU) is discussing possible sanctions on Israel if it refuses to comply with the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) ruling, which ordered it to immediately halt its military campaign in the city of Rafah.

Anadolu Agency (AA), quoting local media yesterday, reported that during a meeting of the European Political Community, EU foreign ministers, for the first time, discussed the prospect of sanctions against Israel if it continued to disregard the court’s order.

“Certainly, if compliance is not forthcoming, then we have to consider all options,” said Ireland’s foreign minister Michael Martin, according to public broadcaster RTE, who added that Ireland would support such an approach.

He said some foreign ministers had also raised the prospect of sanctions against Israeli officials who were aiding and abetting violent Israeli settlers in the West Bank.

However, Martin noted that “there is some distance between people articulating the need for a sanctions-based approach if Israel does not comply with International Court of Justice rulings, (and) obviously there is not an agreement at the EU Council level given the different perspectives there.”

At least 45 people were killed and nearly 250 others injured when Israel targeted a camp for displaced people and houses in the southern Gaza city of Rafah on Sunday (May 26), said medical sources and officials.

The attack occurred near the logistics base of the UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) in Tal al-Sultan, said the Gaza Media Office.

Israeli aircraft targeted several tents in the area, the media office said, adding that missiles and 2,000-pound bombs were used.

The ICJ ordered Israel on Friday (May 24) to immediately halt its military offensive in Rafah, open the Rafah crossing and allow access to international fact-finding missions.

Israel has killed over 36,000 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip since October 7 last year, amid destructions to infrastructure and acute shortage to essential neccesities, including food, medicine, and fuel supply.

— Bernama

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