ICC opens inquiry into possible war crimes in Palestinian territories

January 16, 2015 3:54 PM

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AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court said on Friday they had opened a preliminary inquiry into possible war crimes in the Palestinian territories, the first formal step that could lead to charges against Israelis or Palestinians.

On January 1, a day before requesting ICC membership, the Palestinian government asked the prosecutors to investigate alleged crimes committed on its territory since June 13, 2014, the date on which Israel began its latest offensive in Gaza.

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