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ICC seeks arrest warrants for Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar, Israeli Prime Minister for war crimes over October 7 attack and Gaza war

The International Criminal Court (ICC) is seeking arrest warrants for Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for war crimes over the October 7 attack and Gaza war.

On Monday, the court’s chief prosecutor Karim Khan broke the news to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview.

The court’s chief prosecutor Karim Khan revealed that the ICC is also seeking warrants for Israel’s Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, as well as two other top Hamas leaders — Mohammed Diab Ibrahim al-Masri, the leader of the Al Qassem Brigades and better known as Mohammed Deif, and Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas’ political leader.

According to Khan, a panel of ICC judges will now consider his application for the arrest warrants.

Khan told Amanpour that the charges against Sinwar, Haniyeh and al-Masri include “extermination, murder, taking of hostages, rape and sexual assault in detention.”

“The world was shocked on the 7th of October when people were ripped from their bedrooms, from their homes, from the different kibbutzim in Israel,” Khan told Amanpour, adding that “people have suffered enormously.”

The charges against Netanyahu and Gallant include “causing extermination, causing starvation as a method of war, including the denial of humanitarian relief supplies, deliberately targeting civilians in conflict,” Khan told Amanpour.

Saman Siddiqui

I am a freelance journalist, holding a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and an MS in Peace and Conflict Studies, associated with the electronic media industry since 2006 in various capacities. Here at OyeYeah, I cover a range of genres, from journalism to fiction to fashion, including reviews, and fact findings. 

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