The Libyan Presidential Council announced that Libya had joined the state of South Africa in the genocide lawsuit as a result of the ongoing war on the Gaza Strip filed against Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). 

The Libyan embassy in the Netherlands confirmed on Friday that the conditions for the State of Libya’s formal submission to the International Court of Justice in the lawsuit related to the application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in the Gaza Strip have been met, and it therefore joined South Africa in the lawsuit against the Israeli occupation.

The embassy explained that Libya had been officially notified by the court that the submission was duly conducted in accordance with Article 83 of the court’s rules.

"We are waiting impatiently for July 10, 2024, as it is the deadline given to the two main parties to express their written comments regarding Libya’s request. We are firmly confident that choosing Article 63 for submission will guarantee our admission without the possibility of any objections.” The embassy said.

It also considered that the decision expressed the values and principles of the Libyan people, saying it had authorized professor Ahmed Al-Jahani to represent Libya in the lawsuit and to form its legal team.

The statement called on Libyan legal elites all over the world and in universities, especially law schools, the Bar Association, and the Supreme Judicial Council, to form a national team that expresses the conscience of the nation, so that they can restore the position of the Libyan state in the largest humanitarian and legal forum.