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Dutch court orders halt to export of F-35 jet parts to Israel

On Monday a Dutch appeals court ordered the Netherlands to block all exports of F-35 jet parts to Israel due to concerns they are being used to violate international law in Gaza. 

The court has stated that the government has seven days to comply with the order. 

The lawsuit against the Dutch government over F-35 jet exports to Israel was brought on by various rights groups including the Dutch arm of Oxfam.

Siding with human rights groups the court said, "It is undeniable that there is a clear risk the exported F-35 parts are used in serious violations of international humanitarian law."

The court added, "Israel does not take sufficient account of the consequences for the civilian population when conducting its attacks."

In a statement, Oxfam Novib director Michiel Servaes says "We hope this ruling will strengthen international law in other countries so that the citizens of Gaza are also protected by international law."

The Dutch government stated that it would appeal to the Supreme Court.

Israel's war on Gaza has displaced 2.3 million people and killed 28,000 Palestinians. 

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