Int'l court prosecutor reports progress in Palestinian probe

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court prosecutors intend to complete "as early as possible" a long-running preliminary investigation into allegations of crimes in the Palestinian territories.

An annual report published Wednesday on progress in nine so-called preliminary examinations underway at court, says the Palestinian territories probe "has advanced and significantly progressed" analysis of whether legal conditions for opening a case have been met.

ICC prosecutors have been conducting a preliminary inquiry since 2015 in the Palestinian territories, including Israel's settlement policy, crimes allegedly committed by both sides in the 2014 Gaza conflict and Hamas rocket attacks aimed at Israeli civilians.

Israel doesn't accept ICC jurisdiction. But Israeli forces could face charges if they are suspected of committing crimes on Palestinian territories. The court has accepted the "State of Palestine" as a member.