Stephanie van den Berg is a Reuters reporter.

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World Court Tells Israel To Prevent Acts of Genocide in Gaza

Judges at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands rule on emergency measures against Israel on Jan. 26, 2024, following accusations by South Africa that the Israeli military operation in Gaza is a state-led genocide. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

The World Court ordered Israel on Friday to prevent acts of genocide against the Palestinians and do more to help civilians, although it stopped short of ordering a ceasefire as requested by South Africa. While the ruling denied Palestinian hopes of a binding order to halt the war in Gaza, it also represented a legal setback for Israel, which had hoped to throw out a case brought under the genocide convention established in the ashes of the Holocaust.