‘Law must be applied equally’: South Africa welcomes war crimes arrest warrants against Hamas and Israeli leaders

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday welcomed efforts to arrest leaders of Hamas and Israel on war crimes charges.  (Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday welcomed efforts to arrest leaders of Hamas and Israel on war crimes charges. (Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday welcomed an effort to arrest leaders of Hamas and Israel on war crimes charges, and expressed no reservations about action against a group that Israel has insisted is an ally of South Africa.

“The law must apply equally to all to uphold the international rule of law, ensure accountability for those who commit heinous crimes and protect the rights of victims,” ​​Ramaphosa said in a statement, echoing the words of the Court International Criminal Court (ICC). ) prosecutor Karim Khan that same day.

South Africa has sought to hold Israel responsible for what it says is genocide in the Gaza Strip, while maintaining friendly relations with Hamas. Israel again told the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Friday that it considers South Africa an ally of Hamas and works closely with it to give Hamas an advantage in the war.

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