Foreign Minister Baerbock issued the following statement today (26 January) on today’s ruling by the International Court of Justice on the request for the indication of provisional measures submitted by South Africa in the case concerning the Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in the Gaza Strip (South Africa v. Israel):
The International Court of Justice has not ruled on the main substance of this matter but has ordered provisional measures in relation to the request for the indication of such measures. But these, too, are binding under international law. Israel must adhere to the Court’s order.
The Court also made it clear that Israel’s actions in Gaza follow the barbaric terror of 7 October and pointed out that Hamas, too, is bound by international humanitarian law and must finally release all the hostages.
We will do everything in our power to support this, as well as the order to Israel to take immediate measures to enable the provision of more humanitarian assistance to Gaza.