The International Court of Justice (ICJ) held its first public hearings in South Africa's genocide case against Israel on Thursday.

Iran PressEurope: The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague, also known as the World Court, will have two days of hearings this week in a case brought in late December accusing the Israeli regime of failing to uphold its obligations under the 1948 Genocide Convention.

The hearing was held in South Africa's landmark complaint against the Israeli regime, accusing Tel Aviv of genocide in the Gaza Strip.

This marks a significant development in the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian war and potentially sets the stage for years of legal proceedings.

South Africa's legal team presented a series of accusations against Israel including, failure to prevent the act of genocide, blocking vital supplies like water, food, and fuel from reaching Gaza, targeting critical infrastructure in Gaza, and inciting genocide through rhetoric from individuals like the Israeli Prime Minister.

In return, the Zionist regime rejected the allegations, calling them "baseless."

The case may take years, with both sides expected to submit extensive evidence and witness testimonies.

At least 22,722 people killed and 58,166 wounded in Israeli attacks on Gaza since October 7. 

On average, the number of children being killed every day in the enclave ‘is well over 100’, a Doctors Without Borders doctor warns.

315 Palestinians have also been killed in the West Bank since October 7, according to a UN report. Among the fatalities were 81 children. 219

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