Top U.N. court says it has jurisdiction to rule over South Africa's demands against Israel

World Court rules on Gaza emergency measures in Israel genocide case, in The Hague

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - The United Nations' top court on Friday said it has jurisdiction to rule over emergency measures demanded by South Africa in its case against Israel's war in Gaza.

The World Court said it would not throw out the case, as Israel requested.

The reading of the ruling was ongoing.

Among the measures South Africa has requested was an immediate halt to Israel's military operation, which has laid waste to much of the enclave and killed more than 25,000 Palestinians, according to Gaza health authorities.

(Reporting by Stephanie van den Berg in The Hague, Anthony Deutsch and Bart Meijer in Amsterdam; Writing by Ingrid Melander)