NOUAKCHOTT (Dispatches) – Mauritania’s parliament has unanimously passed a resolution urging the International Criminal Court to prosecute the Zionist regime officials for “genocide” after an 11-day conflict with Palestinians that claimed more than 260 lives.
The single chamber of the Mauritanian Parliament, which has 157 seats, called on “brotherly, Arab, African and Islamic parliaments and those of friendly countries in the world to take all measures to help protect the Palestinian people and defend their just cause”.
The Mauritanian legislators also lauded what they called the “resounding victory achieved by the Palestinian resistance against the Zionist enemy,” which they said was “the inescapable crowning achievement of its struggle against the occupation”.
“The national assembly considers the ongoing Zionist aggression against the Palestinian people as one of the worst crimes of genocide,” read the resolution.
It added that the International Criminal Court (ICC) based in The Hague must “prosecute those involved in this aggression”.
The resolution was passed three days after a large march in support of the Palestinians, organized by the political parties and national NGOs. Fundraising campaigns for the reconstruction of Gaza are also ongoing.
Mauritania, a majority-Muslim nation of 4.5 million people, in 1999 became the third member of the 22-member Arab League - after Jordan and Egypt - to recognize the Zionist regime. It then broke off diplomatic relations in 2009 following the occupying regime’s bombardment of Gaza that year.
Outgoing officials in the Trump administration claimed in January that the West African nation was “weeks” away from finalizing a deal to normalize relations with the occupying regime.
The ICC had already opened an investigation in March into war crimes in the Palestinian Territories by Zionist troops since 2014.