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Summary of advice that UK arms sales to Israel not unlawful to be released

Summary of advice that UK arms sales to Israel not unlawful to be released

Summary of advice that UK arms sales to Israel not unlawful to be released
May 21, 2024 1 min, 13 secs

The British government is preparing to publish a summary of its legal advice stating there are no clear risks that selling arms to Israel will lead to a serious breach of international humanitarian law (IHL).

Mitchell caused incredulity among some of the MPs when he said the UK government does not believe “the significant military operation” in Rafah in Gaza has started, even though he admitted 800,000 Palestinian have chosen to flee the refugee city, half of them due to direct warnings from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

Mitchell also for the first time confirmed that the 8 April assessment that no serious risk of a breach of IHL exists only included evidence taken up until the end of January, so any actions the IDF may have taken over four months have not been taken into consideration.

The business minister, Alan Mak, also said he would publish on 7 June updated figures showing the value of arms export licences granted between 7 October – the date of the Hamas attack on Israel – and the end of May.

David Cameron, the foreign secretary, rounded on the international criminal court in the Lords, saying its decision to seek arrest warrants for the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, was mistaken in terms of timing, position and effect.

The clamour for legal action has increased since the chief prosecutor of the international criminal court said he is seeking arrest warrants for senior Hamas and Israeli officials for war crimes, a spokesperson for the union said.

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