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Top UN court orders Israel to halt military offensive in Rafah

Israel is unlikely to comply


The Associated Press

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The United Nations' top court ordered Israel today to immediately halt its military offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah, but stopped short of ordering a cease-fire for the enclave. Although Israel is unlikely to comply with the order, it will ratchet up the pressure on the increasingly isolated country.

Criticism of Israel's conduct in the war in Gaza has been growing, particularly since it turned its focus to Rafah. This week alone, three European countries announced they would recognize a Palestinian state, and the chief pros...


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