Rioters set fire to Israeli embassy in Mexico City

Police clashed with protesters at the ‘Action for Rafah’ event in the Mexican capital


Demonstrators clash with the police during a pro-Palestinian rally called "Urgent action for Rafah", held in front of the Israeli embassy in Mexico City on May 28, 2024. (Photo by Pedro PARDO / AFP) (Photo by PEDRO PARDO/AFP via Getty Images)

Rioters on Tuesday set fire to the Israeli Embassy in Mexico during a protest ostensibly against the Israeli military operation in the southern Gazan city of Rafah.

Masked protesters threw stones at security forces who had created a barricade preventing access to the diplomatic mission in the Mexico City’s Lomas de Chapultepec neighborhood.

Around 200 people participated in the “Urgent Action for Rafah” demonstration, dozens of whom attempted to break down the barriers, according to AFP.

Video posted to social media showed fires raging outside the embassy complex.

There were unverified reports of several people injured in the chaos.

The riot came after Mexico filed a declaration of intervention in South Africa's "genocide" case against Israel at the International Court of Justice.

The ICJ, the principal United Nations judicial arm, located in The Hague, issued a 13 to two ruling on Friday that the Jewish state must “immediately halt its military offensive and any other action in the Rafah governorate, which may inflict on the Palestinian group in Gaza conditions of life that could bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part.”

On Sunday, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said the IDF would continue to press its offensive in Rafah in order to free the hostages held by Hamas and destroy the Palestinian terrorist group.

Israeli officials insist that the military operations in the enclave are being conducted in conformity with Friday’s ICJ ruling.

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