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International Criminal Court to look for Gaza war crimes

More than 2,000 Palestinians and dozens of Israelis died in the 2014 war involving Israel and Gaza's Hamas.  (Source: CNN) More than 2,000 Palestinians and dozens of Israelis died in the 2014 war involving Israel and Gaza's Hamas. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) has opened an inquiry into attacks in the Palestinian territories.

The move paves the way for possible war crimes investigation against Israelis.

In a statement Friday, the court's top prosecutor said the decision follows the signing of the Rome statute by Palestinians.

In doing so, they officially become ICC members on April 1.

That gives the court jurisdiction over alleged crimes in Palestinian territories.

The preliminary examination is not a formal investigation.

But it allows the court to review evidence and determine whether to investigate suspects on both sides.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the inquiry as an "outrage."

He said, "the Palestinian Authority is not a country and therefore it is not the court's place."

The United States also said it "strongly" disagreed with the court's decision.

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