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International court opens preliminary probe of Israel, Palestinians
International court opens preliminary probe of Israel, Palestinians

Two weeks after the Palestinian Authority asked to join the International Criminal Court, the Hague-based ICC on Friday opened a preliminary probe that could result in war-crimes charges against Israelis and Palestinians alike. Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced in a statement that a “preliminary examination into the situation in Palestine” to determine whether there is “reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation” of war crimes allegations. Following a failed bid to pass a United Nations Security Council resolution imposing a deadline for Palestinian statehood and the withdrawal of Israeli forces, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas...

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