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Abbas meets war crimes prosecutor as unrest flares
Published :Saturday, 31 October, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 4

THE HAGUE, Oct 30 : Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas was to meet on Friday with the prosecutor of the world's only permanent war crimes court, Palestinian officials said amid a surge of fresh violence with Israel.
It will be Abbas's first meeting with the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court since the Palestinian Authority sparked controversy by joining the tribunal in January, an official with the Palestinian mission in The Hague told AFP.
The visit comes as Israel and the Palestinians grapple with another wave of deadly violence amid fears that almost daily clashes and knife attacks could herald a third Palestinian uprising, or intifada.
Abbas, who is in the Netherlands as part of a European tour, would visit ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda "in the context of the grave Israeli escalation in occupied Palestine," the official said, asking not to be identified.
There was no immediate confirmation from the ICC that Bensouda was meeting with Abbas.
To Israel's fury, the Palestinians have formally asked the ICC to investigate the Jewish state for alleged war crimes during the 2014 Gaza war in which 2,200 Palestinians were killed. Bensouda has officially opened a preliminary inquiry into the Palestinian allegations to see whether there is sufficient evidence to proceed to a more formal investigation.     ?AFP

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