THE HAGUE, Netherlands (NEWSnet/AP) — Preliminary hearings open Monday at United Nations’ top court in a case that seeks to end Germany’s military aid to Israel.

Nicaragua claims Germany is facilitating acts of genocide and breaches of international law and Genocide Convention in the Israel-Hamas war.

Nicaragua has asked the court to issue preliminary orders known as provisional measures, including that Germany “immediately suspend its aid to Israel, in particular its military assistance including military equipment in so far as this aid may be used in the violation of the Genocide Convention” and international law.

Sebastian Fischer, spokesperson for German Federal Foreign Office, said Germany reject’s Nicaragua’s accusation.

“Germany has breached neither the genocide convention nor international humanitarian law, and we will set this out in detail before the International Court of Justice,” Fisher told reporters Friday. “We are calm and we will set out our legal position in court.”

Although the case brought by Nicaragua centers on Germany, it takes indirect aim at Israel's military campaign in Gaza, following the Oct. 7, 2023, attacks. Israel strongly denies its military campaign violates Genocide Convention.

It is likely to require several weeks for the UN court to deliver a preliminary decision.

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