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Mon Feb 12, 2024, 07:58 AM Feb 12

A Dutch court orders Netherlands to stop all exports of F-35 parts to Israel

Source: ABC News/AP

February 12, 2024, 4:59 AM

THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- An appeals court ordered the Dutch government on Monday to halt the export of F-35 fighter jet parts to Israel, citing a clear risk of violations of international law.

A trio of human rights organizations brought a civil suit against the Netherlands in December, arguing authorities needed to reevaluate the export license in light of Israeli military action in the Gaza Strip.

“It is undeniable that there is a clear risk that the exported F-35 parts are used in serious violations of international humanitarian law,” Judge Bas Boele said in reading out the ruling, eliciting cheers from several people in the courtroom. The exports must cease within seven days.

The decision came as Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte traveled to Israel to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the conflict. Rutte was also expected to separately meet with Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh.

Read more: https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/dutch-court-orders-netherlands-stop-exports-35-parts-107152376

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