How Israeli raid on al-Aqsa Mosque could constitute a war crime | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED X-Frame-Options: DENY X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN

How Israeli raid on al-Aqsa Mosque could constitute a war crime

If attacks by Israeli security forces on al-Aqsa Mosque continue, international attention may begin to focus on the question of whether they would constitute a war crime.

Attacks on cultural sites during armed conflicts are considered to be a war crime under a number of international laws and treaties.

The Rome Statute of 1998, which established the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague, declared that anyone "intentionally directing attacks against buildings dedicated to religion, education, art, science or charitable purposes [or] historic monuments" was committing a war crime.

There would not need to be significant damage - the statute criminalises the attack and not its consequences.

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