Reporters Without Borders (RSF) seized the International Criminal Court to protest against the strikes carried out by the Israeli army in the Gaza Strip, which in particular destroyed the premises of 23 local and international media, including the American agency Associated Press and the Qatari channel Al-Jazeera.
Do the strikes by the IDF, the Israeli army, on a media building constitute a war crime?
In any case, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) announced that it had appealed to the International Criminal Court against these attacks which destroyed the premises of 23 media outlets in Gaza.
The targeted building housed in particular the offices of the Qatari channel Al-Jazeera and the American agency Associated Press.
It also allegedly hosted a Hamas intelligence office, according to Israel.
The building was shot down on Saturday, just after being evacuated.
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"These attacks against the media seem to be a war crime" estimates at the microphone of
Christophe Deloire, the director general of RSF.
"What we are asking the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court is to investigate, to shed light."
"The deliberate nature is obvious"
"A war crime is a deliberate attack against civilians or their property," Christophe Deloire recalls.
"There, the deliberate character is evident. The media are civilians. Even assuming that there was some form of necessity for Israel to attack this building, which is really not proven, two criteria are missing. been applied. There was no distinction and there was no proportionality. So in our eyes it constitutes a war crime. "
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the building destroyed on Saturday in Gaza was a perfectly legitimate target.
Joe Biden, the US president, simply reminded Israelis that ensuring the safety of journalists and independent media is of the essence.