Israel-Palestine Escalation
Israel was hit by an unprecedented rocket attack from the Gaza Strip on October 7, with Hamas movement's troops infiltrating border areas. On October 8, the Israeli government announced that it had invoked Article 40 of the Basic Law, which means the country was officially in a state of war.

ICJ Rules on SA's Application to Introduce Additional Measures Against Israeli Operation in Gaza

Last week, at South Africa's request, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) held hearings to determine additional provisional measures and to modify the measures previously ordered by the Court in the case of South Africa v. Israel.
Sputnik Africa was live as the International Court of Justice issued its order.
Last Thursday, South Africa told the court that the situation in Gaza had reached a "new and horrific stage" and urged the judges to halt Israeli military operations to ensure the survival of the Palestinian population.
The next day, Israel, defending its military operation in the enclave, rebutted South Africa's claims as an "obscene exploitation" of the "most sacred" genocide convention and reasserted its right to defend itself.
South Africa filed its lawsuit against Israel in late December 2023. On January 26, the ICJ ruled on provisional measures, ordering Israel to take urgent steps to prevent acts of genocide and to ensure the flow of humanitarian aid to the enclave. At the same time, the ICJ did not order an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.
In early March, the African nation returned to the ICJ to request additional provisional measures against Israel that would address widespread starvation among Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip.