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Gaza media building owner complains to ICC: Lawyer

The owner of a Gaza building housing worldwide media that was destroyed in an Israeli airstrike is lodging a grievance with the International Criminal Court, his lawyer mentioned.

The grievance by Jawad Mehdi says that the assault on May 15 which flattened Jala Tower, housing the workplaces of US information company Associated Press and Al Jazeera tv, was a “war crime”.

The submitting, a duplicate of which was seen by AFP, comes after the chief prosecutor of the ICC mentioned final week that “crimes” could have been dedicated throughout the latest violence between Israel and the Palestinians.

“The owner of this building, who is a Palestinian, has mandated his lawyers to file a war crime complaint with the International Criminal Court,” lawyer Gilles Devers mentioned in a press release.

Devers advised AFP exterior the courtroom, the place round 10 pro-Palestinian protesters have been gathered, that Israel might present “no military objective” for the assault.

“We hear a lot that this tower could have been destroyed because there was equipment or an armed resistance team. This is something that we totally deny after studying the case,” Devers mentioned.

“International law is that you can only harm civilian property if it is used for military purposes, and that was not the case. So we say it today in front this court and in this complaint.”

Devers mentioned the grievance could be formally despatched to the courtroom by e mail later Friday.

Israel claimed that Hamas army intelligence models have been within the building.

Mehdi mentioned on the time that an Israeli intelligence officer warned him he had one hour to make sure the building was evacuated earlier than a missile slammed into the 13-storey building.

The ICC has no obligation to contemplate complaints filed to its prosecutor, who can resolve independently what circumstances to submit to judges on the courtroom.

The ICC had already opened an investigation in March into potential struggle crimes within the Palestinian Territories by each Israeli forces and Palestinian armed teams since 2014.

The transfer infuriated Israel which isn’t a member of the courtroom, whereas Palestine has been a state social gathering to the ICC since 2015.

Prosecutor Bensouda mentioned final week that she famous with “great concern the escalation of violence” within the West Bank and Gaza “and the possible commission of crimes under the Rome Statute,” which based the ICC.

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