Spain calls on Israel to comply with UN Court’s decision to end operation in Rafah

Madrid, May 26 (UNI) Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares called on Israel to implement the decision of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to end Israel’s military operation in Rafah.

On Friday, ICJ President Nawaf Salam said that Israel must stop its military operation in the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. It also must ensure unimpeded access to the enclave for the missions that are investigating the allegations of genocide, as well as humanitarian aid, the judge added.

“The International Court of Justice’s precautionary measures, including an end to Israel’s offensive in Rafah, are mandatory. We demand their implementation. The same applies to a ceasefire, the release of hostages and humanitarian access. The suffering of Gazans and violence must stop,” Albares said on Saturday on X.

Spanish Defense Minister Margarita Robles said, in turn, that the situation in Gaza is a “real genocide.”

“Spain always stands in solidarity with what is happening in the world; we cannot forget that people are dying in Ukraine, there is a terrible war, and also ignore what is happening in Gaza, which is a real genocide,” Robles said in an interview with Spanish broadcaster RTVE.

She added that Spain and its armed forces are “firmly and resolutely committed to peace.”

Israel sent troops into Rafah on May 7, seven months after an attack by Palestinian movement Hamas on Israeli territory unleashed the worst escalation of conflict in the Gaza Strip in decades. Israel’s war cabinet vowed to expand the operation in Rafah until it accomplished its declared goal of eliminating all Hamas fighters.

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