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ICC to launch probe into war crimes in Palestine

International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced on Wednesday her office would launch an official investigation into war crimes committed in Palestine by all parties involved in its conflict with Israel.

"The decision to open an investigation followed a painstaking preliminary examination undertaken by my office that lasted close to five years," Bensouda said. "In the end, our central concern must be for the victims of crimes, both Palestinian and Israeli, arising from the long cycle of violence and insecurity that has caused deep suffering and despair on all sides."

The announcement comes after the ICC claimed jurisdiction over Palestinian settlements as "we do not believe the Palestinians qualify as a sovereign state, and therefore are not qualified to obtain membership [...] or participate [...] in international organizations" in a move condemned by the United States.

Breaking the News / JR