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ICC opens initial probe into possible war crimes in Palestinian territories

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Itongadol.- The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court says she has opened a preliminary probe into possible war crimes in the Palestinian territories.

Fatou Bensouda said in a statement Friday she will conduct the preliminary examination in "full independence and impartiality."

The announcement comes after the Palestinian Authority acceded to the court\’s founding treaty and recognized its jurisdiction dating back to the eve of last summer\’s Gaza war.

That move is a first formal step that openes the door to an ICC investigation that could target possible crimes by both Israel, which is not a member of the court, and Palestinians.

A preliminary examination is not an investigation, but weighs information about possible crimes and jurisdiction issues to establish whether a full investigation is merited.

Bensouda cast the decision to open a preliminary probe as procedural following the Palestinians\’ recognition of the court.

It is unclear how long the preliminary examination might take. Bensouda said "there are no timelines" set in the court\’s founding treaty.

The Palestinian Authority two weeks ago officially submitted to the United Nations the request to join 22 international treaties, including the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the ICC.

The applications were signed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas following the failure of a Palestinian statehood bid at the UN Security Council.

In response to the Palestinian request to join the court at The Hague, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel expects the ICC to reject the Palestinian application due to the fact that it is not a state.

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