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The court noted a clear risk that the parts will be used in ‘serious violations of international humanitarian law’.

A Dutch court has ordered the government to stop the supply of parts for F-35 fighter jets used by Israel in its bombing of the Gaza Strip. The order followed an appeal by human rights groups against a lower court ruling that rejected their argument that supplying the parts contributed to Israel’s alleged violations of international law.

Last year, human rights organizations in the Netherlands accused the government of being complicit in alleged war crimes committed by Israel during the war in Gaza over the export of F-35 fighter jet parts.

Amnesty International and Oxfam chapters in the Netherlands argued that the shipments “contributed to large-scale and serious violations of humanitarian law by Israel in Gaza.”

In December, a court dismissed the case, saying the government should be given wide discretion in making decisions on political and policy issues related to arms exports.

Dutch authorities said last year it was unclear whether they even had the power to intervene in the deliveries, which are part of a US-led operation that supplies parts to all F-35 partners.

Government lawyers also argued that Israel could easily purchase them elsewhere if they did not supply the parts from the F-35 warehouse in the country.

Protesters hold flags during a protest outside the courthouse, in The Hague, Netherlands, February 12, 2024 [Piroschka van de Wouw/Reuters]

However, the appeals court ordered the Dutch government on Monday to block all exports of fighter jet parts to Israel within seven days.

“It cannot be denied that there is a clear risk that the exported F-35 parts will be used in serious violations of international humanitarian law,” Judge Bas Boele said when reading out the ruling, asking several people in the courtroom cheers.

The court added that it was likely that the parts were used in attacks on Gaza, leading to a large number of civilian casualties.

Israel has repeatedly denied accusations of committing war crimes during its military operation in Gaza. However, the International Court of Justice in January called on Israel to guard against activities in the enclave that could constitute genocide.

The Health Ministry in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip said Monday that at least 28,340 people have been killed in the besieged area during the war, including 164 in the past 24 hours. A total of 67,984 people have been injured since hostilities began on October 7, after Hamas killed about 1,100 people and captured about 240 in an attack on Israel.

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