A senior official says the West Bank-based Palestinian leadership has decided to file a war crimes complaint against Israel with the International Criminal Court over its settlement construction on occupied lands.
Saeb Erekat says the decision was made late Monday in a meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and senior PLO officials. It came after the US moved its embassy in Israel to contested Jerusalem on Monday and Israeli forces killed 55 people in Gaza protests.
Erekat says a decision was made to sign the ICC referral "immediately." Seeking a war crimes prosecution of Israel would signal a sharp deterioration in increasingly tense relations between the two sides.