Qatar’s prime minister said the country would continue its efforts to facilitate another ceasefire and achieve a permanent ceasefire in Gaza.

Qatar’s prime minister said his country is calling for what he called an “immediate, comprehensive and impartial international investigation” into Israel’s crimes in Gaza.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani also told Al Jazeera on Sunday that Qatar would continue its efforts to facilitate another ceasefire and achieve a permanent ceasefire in the besieged enclave.

A week-long ceasefire between Israel and Hamas – brokered by Qatar with support from Egypt and the United States – led to the release of 80 Israeli prisoners in exchange for 240 Palestinian prisoners.

The ceasefire ended on Friday, with both sides voicing allegations of violating the terms of the agreement.

The prospect of another ceasefire in Gaza appeared bleak on Saturday after Israel withdrew its Mossad negotiators from Qatar, while the Hamas deputy leader told Al Jazeera he would not hold further talks about swapping Israeli prisoners for detained Palestinians.

Israel has intensified its attacks on Gaza since Friday. A government media official told Al Jazeera that 700 Palestinians were killed in Israeli strikes in the past 24 hours.

According to Gaza’s Health Ministry, 15,523 Palestinians have died in the enclave since the war began on October 7 – more than 70 percent of them women and children.

ICC wants to intensify investigations into war crimes

Meanwhile, International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor Karim Khan called on Israel and Hamas to abide by international law and said his office would step up investigations into possible war crimes.

“All actors must comply with international humanitarian law. If you don’t do this, don’t complain when my office has to act,” Khan said on Sunday as he concluded his four-day visit to Israel and the occupied West Bank.

Khan stressed his visit was “not investigative in nature” but said he was able to speak to victims on both sides of the conflict.

“Credible allegations of crimes committed during the current conflict should be subject to a timely, independent review and investigation,” he said.

Established in 2002, the ICC is the world’s only independent court that investigates the most serious crimes, including genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. It opened an investigation in 2021 against Israel as well as Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups for possible war crimes in the Palestinian territories.

Khan also called for humanitarian aid to be allowed into the Gaza Strip immediately, adding that Hamas must not misuse this aid.

“As far as humanitarian access is concerned, the law leaves no room for doubt,” he said. “Civilians must have access to basic food, water and urgently needed medical supplies, without further delay, quickly and at scale.”

He previously said that blocking the delivery of aid to Gaza could also constitute a war crime under ICC jurisdiction.

Israel, which is not a member of the International Criminal Court, has previously rejected the court’s jurisdiction and does not officially participate in it.

Source : www.aljazeera.com

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