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2024-06-14 14:11 Last Updated At:14:21

June 7-13, 2024

Cambodians pray for rain and good fortune in the He Neak Ta ritual, people suffering respiratory ailments receive a secret herbal treatment with live fish in India, and soldiers and politicians commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day in France. People react to the war between Hamas and Israel, and anti-government protesters clash with police outside the Congress building in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Jesus Culis adjusts his swimming goggles at the coastal village of Simlong in Batangas province, Philippines on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023. He lost his vision on one eye during a childhood accident. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

June 7-13, 2024

The statue of "Corazon de Jesus," or Heart of Jesus, stands in El Aldo, Bolivia, overlooking La Paz, Monday, June 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

The statue of "Corazon de Jesus," or Heart of Jesus, stands in El Aldo, Bolivia, overlooking La Paz, Monday, June 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

A woman wearing a face cover chats with a man as they visit the Forbidden City in a hot and sunny day in Beijing, Sunday, June 9, 2024. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

A woman wearing a face cover chats with a man as they visit the Forbidden City in a hot and sunny day in Beijing, Sunday, June 9, 2024. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Anti-government protesters clash with police outside Congress, as lawmakers debate a reform bill promoted by Argentine President Javier Milei in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Gustavo Garello)

Anti-government protesters clash with police outside Congress, as lawmakers debate a reform bill promoted by Argentine President Javier Milei in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Gustavo Garello)

A Ukrainian national guard serviceman of Khartia brigade prepares to reload his D-20 cannon while firing towards Russian positions on the front line near Kharkiv, Ukraine, Monday, June 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

A Ukrainian national guard serviceman of Khartia brigade prepares to reload his D-20 cannon while firing towards Russian positions on the front line near Kharkiv, Ukraine, Monday, June 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

Children play with the ropes of a ship docked on a beach in Parika, Guyana, Sunday, June 9, 2024. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Children play with the ropes of a ship docked on a beach in Parika, Guyana, Sunday, June 9, 2024. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

An asthma patient arrives to receive a fish therapy as others stand in a queue, in Hyderabad, India, Saturday, June 8, 2024. Every year thousands of asthma patients arrive here to receive this fish therapy from the Bathini Goud family, a secret formula of herbs, handed down by generations only to family members. The herbs are inserted in the mouth of a live sardine, or murrel fish, and slipped into the patient's throat. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

An asthma patient arrives to receive a fish therapy as others stand in a queue, in Hyderabad, India, Saturday, June 8, 2024. Every year thousands of asthma patients arrive here to receive this fish therapy from the Bathini Goud family, a secret formula of herbs, handed down by generations only to family members. The herbs are inserted in the mouth of a live sardine, or murrel fish, and slipped into the patient's throat. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

A masked anti-government protester aims a toy gun during a demonstration outside Congress where lawmakers debate a reform bill promoted by President Javier Milei in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. The sign at right reads in Spanish "Exterminator of the homeland." (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

A masked anti-government protester aims a toy gun during a demonstration outside Congress where lawmakers debate a reform bill promoted by President Javier Milei in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. The sign at right reads in Spanish "Exterminator of the homeland." (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

A reveler takes part in the Pride March in Vilnius, Lithuania, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

A reveler takes part in the Pride March in Vilnius, Lithuania, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

A soldier of the First U.S. Army shows the Distinguished Service Cross while another holds the portrait of of Waverly Woodson Jr., a medic who was part of the only Black combat unit to take part in the D-Day invasion of France during World War II, being posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in recognition of the heroism and determination he showed treating troops under heavy enemy fire , on Omaha Beach in Colleville-sur-Mer, France on Friday, June 7, 2024, (AP Photo/Jeremias Gonzalez)

A soldier of the First U.S. Army shows the Distinguished Service Cross while another holds the portrait of of Waverly Woodson Jr., a medic who was part of the only Black combat unit to take part in the D-Day invasion of France during World War II, being posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in recognition of the heroism and determination he showed treating troops under heavy enemy fire , on Omaha Beach in Colleville-sur-Mer, France on Friday, June 7, 2024, (AP Photo/Jeremias Gonzalez)

U.S. President Joe Biden, , center right, first lady Jill Biden, right, French President Emmanuel Macron, center left, and his wife Brigitte Macron walk on stage during ceremonies to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day, Thursday, June 6, 2024, in Normandy. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

U.S. President Joe Biden, , center right, first lady Jill Biden, right, French President Emmanuel Macron, center left, and his wife Brigitte Macron walk on stage during ceremonies to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day, Thursday, June 6, 2024, in Normandy. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

A boy jumps with a skateboard near the Lakhta Center skyscraper, the headquarters of Russian gas monopoly Gazprom in St. Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

A boy jumps with a skateboard near the Lakhta Center skyscraper, the headquarters of Russian gas monopoly Gazprom in St. Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators protest against Israeli attacks on Gaza, in Santiago, Chile, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators protest against Israeli attacks on Gaza, in Santiago, Chile, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

Protesters shout slogans during a rally in support of the Palestinians in Gaza in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, June 9, 2024. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

Protesters shout slogans during a rally in support of the Palestinians in Gaza in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, June 9, 2024. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

Palestinian medics treat a wounded youth in an Israeli bombardment on a residential building owned by the al-Telbani family in Al Zawaiyda area, at al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah, central Gaza Strip, late Monday, June 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Saher Alghorra)

Palestinian medics treat a wounded youth in an Israeli bombardment on a residential building owned by the al-Telbani family in Al Zawaiyda area, at al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah, central Gaza Strip, late Monday, June 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Saher Alghorra)

FILE - A bulldozer unloads the bodies of Palestinians killed in fighting with Israel and turned over by the Israeli military during a mass funeral in Rafah, Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2023. (AP Photo/Fatima Shbair, File)

FILE - A bulldozer unloads the bodies of Palestinians killed in fighting with Israel and turned over by the Israeli military during a mass funeral in Rafah, Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2023. (AP Photo/Fatima Shbair, File)

Palestinians wounded in the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip arrive at al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah, central Gaza Strip, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Ismael Abu Dayyah)

Palestinians wounded in the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip arrive at al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah, central Gaza Strip, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Ismael Abu Dayyah)

A plane uses a fire retardant to extinguish a fire burning in an area near the border with Lebanon, in Safed, northern Israel, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. Scores of rockets were fired from Lebanon toward northern Israel on Wednesday morning, hours after Israeli airstrikes killed four officials from the militant Hezbollah group including a senior military commander. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

A plane uses a fire retardant to extinguish a fire burning in an area near the border with Lebanon, in Safed, northern Israel, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. Scores of rockets were fired from Lebanon toward northern Israel on Wednesday morning, hours after Israeli airstrikes killed four officials from the militant Hezbollah group including a senior military commander. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Palestinians shop for animals for the upcoming Eid al-Adha holiday at a livestock market in the West Bank city of Nablus, Thursday, June 13, 2024. Muslims around the world will celebrate the four-day Eid al-Adha, the Feast of the Sacrifice. It commemorates the Prophet Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail as recounted in the Quran. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Palestinians shop for animals for the upcoming Eid al-Adha holiday at a livestock market in the West Bank city of Nablus, Thursday, June 13, 2024. Muslims around the world will celebrate the four-day Eid al-Adha, the Feast of the Sacrifice. It commemorates the Prophet Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail as recounted in the Quran. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

A cyclist attends World Naked Bike Ride day, in Mexico City, Saturday, June 8, 2024. Naked and partially clothed cyclists took to the streets in an effort to promote alternative forms of transportation highlighting the risks of the dependence on fossil fuels and climate change. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)

A cyclist attends World Naked Bike Ride day, in Mexico City, Saturday, June 8, 2024. Naked and partially clothed cyclists took to the streets in an effort to promote alternative forms of transportation highlighting the risks of the dependence on fossil fuels and climate change. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)

People wave Russian national flags as thousands gather on Red Square to watch a concert dedicated to the Day of Russia in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 11, 2024. The Day of Russia is celebrated annually on 12 June. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

People wave Russian national flags as thousands gather on Red Square to watch a concert dedicated to the Day of Russia in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 11, 2024. The Day of Russia is celebrated annually on 12 June. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

A Thai rescuer carries a survived chicken from a fire at Chatuchak Weekend Market, one of the most famous markets in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, June 11, 2024. Hundreds of caged animals died Tuesday after the fire struck the market in Thailand's capital. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

A Thai rescuer carries a survived chicken from a fire at Chatuchak Weekend Market, one of the most famous markets in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, June 11, 2024. Hundreds of caged animals died Tuesday after the fire struck the market in Thailand's capital. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

An asthma patient is administered a traditional "fish medicine" in Hyderabad, India, Saturday, June 8, 2024. Every year thousands of asthma patients arrive here to receive this fish therapy from the Bathini Goud family, which keeps a secret formula of herbs, handed down by generations only to family members. The herbs are inserted in the mouth of a live sardine, or murrel fish, and slipped into the patient's throat. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

An asthma patient is administered a traditional "fish medicine" in Hyderabad, India, Saturday, June 8, 2024. Every year thousands of asthma patients arrive here to receive this fish therapy from the Bathini Goud family, which keeps a secret formula of herbs, handed down by generations only to family members. The herbs are inserted in the mouth of a live sardine, or murrel fish, and slipped into the patient's throat. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

A newly ordained Catholic priest is launched in the air by friends and family outside the Duomo Cathedral after the ordination ceremony in Milan, Italy, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

A newly ordained Catholic priest is launched in the air by friends and family outside the Duomo Cathedral after the ordination ceremony in Milan, Italy, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

A man, his face painted in the likeness of a spirit, participates in the He Neak Ta rituals in Phum Boeung village, northwest of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, June 11, 2024. Cambodian villagers on Tuesday took part in a rare traditional guardian spirit ceremony praying for good fortune, rain and prosperity, as they aimed to preserve this ancient tradition. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

A man, his face painted in the likeness of a spirit, participates in the He Neak Ta rituals in Phum Boeung village, northwest of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, June 11, 2024. Cambodian villagers on Tuesday took part in a rare traditional guardian spirit ceremony praying for good fortune, rain and prosperity, as they aimed to preserve this ancient tradition. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

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Jesus Culis adjusts his swimming goggles at the coastal village of Simlong in Batangas province, Philippines on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023. He lost his vision on one eye during a childhood accident. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Jesus Culis adjusts his swimming goggles at the coastal village of Simlong in Batangas province, Philippines on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023. He lost his vision on one eye during a childhood accident. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

The statue of "Corazon de Jesus," or Heart of Jesus, stands in El Aldo, Bolivia, overlooking La Paz, Monday, June 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

The statue of "Corazon de Jesus," or Heart of Jesus, stands in El Aldo, Bolivia, overlooking La Paz, Monday, June 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

A woman wearing a face cover chats with a man as they visit the Forbidden City in a hot and sunny day in Beijing, Sunday, June 9, 2024. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

A woman wearing a face cover chats with a man as they visit the Forbidden City in a hot and sunny day in Beijing, Sunday, June 9, 2024. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Anti-government protesters clash with police outside Congress, as lawmakers debate a reform bill promoted by Argentine President Javier Milei in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Gustavo Garello)

Anti-government protesters clash with police outside Congress, as lawmakers debate a reform bill promoted by Argentine President Javier Milei in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Gustavo Garello)

A Ukrainian national guard serviceman of Khartia brigade prepares to reload his D-20 cannon while firing towards Russian positions on the front line near Kharkiv, Ukraine, Monday, June 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

A Ukrainian national guard serviceman of Khartia brigade prepares to reload his D-20 cannon while firing towards Russian positions on the front line near Kharkiv, Ukraine, Monday, June 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

Children play with the ropes of a ship docked on a beach in Parika, Guyana, Sunday, June 9, 2024. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Children play with the ropes of a ship docked on a beach in Parika, Guyana, Sunday, June 9, 2024. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

An asthma patient arrives to receive a fish therapy as others stand in a queue, in Hyderabad, India, Saturday, June 8, 2024. Every year thousands of asthma patients arrive here to receive this fish therapy from the Bathini Goud family, a secret formula of herbs, handed down by generations only to family members. The herbs are inserted in the mouth of a live sardine, or murrel fish, and slipped into the patient's throat. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

An asthma patient arrives to receive a fish therapy as others stand in a queue, in Hyderabad, India, Saturday, June 8, 2024. Every year thousands of asthma patients arrive here to receive this fish therapy from the Bathini Goud family, a secret formula of herbs, handed down by generations only to family members. The herbs are inserted in the mouth of a live sardine, or murrel fish, and slipped into the patient's throat. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

A masked anti-government protester aims a toy gun during a demonstration outside Congress where lawmakers debate a reform bill promoted by President Javier Milei in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. The sign at right reads in Spanish "Exterminator of the homeland." (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

A masked anti-government protester aims a toy gun during a demonstration outside Congress where lawmakers debate a reform bill promoted by President Javier Milei in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. The sign at right reads in Spanish "Exterminator of the homeland." (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

A reveler takes part in the Pride March in Vilnius, Lithuania, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

A reveler takes part in the Pride March in Vilnius, Lithuania, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

A soldier of the First U.S. Army shows the Distinguished Service Cross while another holds the portrait of of Waverly Woodson Jr., a medic who was part of the only Black combat unit to take part in the D-Day invasion of France during World War II, being posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in recognition of the heroism and determination he showed treating troops under heavy enemy fire , on Omaha Beach in Colleville-sur-Mer, France on Friday, June 7, 2024, (AP Photo/Jeremias Gonzalez)

A soldier of the First U.S. Army shows the Distinguished Service Cross while another holds the portrait of of Waverly Woodson Jr., a medic who was part of the only Black combat unit to take part in the D-Day invasion of France during World War II, being posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in recognition of the heroism and determination he showed treating troops under heavy enemy fire , on Omaha Beach in Colleville-sur-Mer, France on Friday, June 7, 2024, (AP Photo/Jeremias Gonzalez)

U.S. President Joe Biden, , center right, first lady Jill Biden, right, French President Emmanuel Macron, center left, and his wife Brigitte Macron walk on stage during ceremonies to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day, Thursday, June 6, 2024, in Normandy. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

U.S. President Joe Biden, , center right, first lady Jill Biden, right, French President Emmanuel Macron, center left, and his wife Brigitte Macron walk on stage during ceremonies to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day, Thursday, June 6, 2024, in Normandy. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

A boy jumps with a skateboard near the Lakhta Center skyscraper, the headquarters of Russian gas monopoly Gazprom in St. Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

A boy jumps with a skateboard near the Lakhta Center skyscraper, the headquarters of Russian gas monopoly Gazprom in St. Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators protest against Israeli attacks on Gaza, in Santiago, Chile, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators protest against Israeli attacks on Gaza, in Santiago, Chile, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

Protesters shout slogans during a rally in support of the Palestinians in Gaza in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, June 9, 2024. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

Protesters shout slogans during a rally in support of the Palestinians in Gaza in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, June 9, 2024. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

Palestinian medics treat a wounded youth in an Israeli bombardment on a residential building owned by the al-Telbani family in Al Zawaiyda area, at al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah, central Gaza Strip, late Monday, June 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Saher Alghorra)

Palestinian medics treat a wounded youth in an Israeli bombardment on a residential building owned by the al-Telbani family in Al Zawaiyda area, at al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah, central Gaza Strip, late Monday, June 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Saher Alghorra)

FILE - A bulldozer unloads the bodies of Palestinians killed in fighting with Israel and turned over by the Israeli military during a mass funeral in Rafah, Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2023. (AP Photo/Fatima Shbair, File)

FILE - A bulldozer unloads the bodies of Palestinians killed in fighting with Israel and turned over by the Israeli military during a mass funeral in Rafah, Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2023. (AP Photo/Fatima Shbair, File)

Palestinians wounded in the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip arrive at al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah, central Gaza Strip, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Ismael Abu Dayyah)

Palestinians wounded in the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip arrive at al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah, central Gaza Strip, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Ismael Abu Dayyah)

A plane uses a fire retardant to extinguish a fire burning in an area near the border with Lebanon, in Safed, northern Israel, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. Scores of rockets were fired from Lebanon toward northern Israel on Wednesday morning, hours after Israeli airstrikes killed four officials from the militant Hezbollah group including a senior military commander. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

A plane uses a fire retardant to extinguish a fire burning in an area near the border with Lebanon, in Safed, northern Israel, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. Scores of rockets were fired from Lebanon toward northern Israel on Wednesday morning, hours after Israeli airstrikes killed four officials from the militant Hezbollah group including a senior military commander. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Palestinians shop for animals for the upcoming Eid al-Adha holiday at a livestock market in the West Bank city of Nablus, Thursday, June 13, 2024. Muslims around the world will celebrate the four-day Eid al-Adha, the Feast of the Sacrifice. It commemorates the Prophet Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail as recounted in the Quran. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Palestinians shop for animals for the upcoming Eid al-Adha holiday at a livestock market in the West Bank city of Nablus, Thursday, June 13, 2024. Muslims around the world will celebrate the four-day Eid al-Adha, the Feast of the Sacrifice. It commemorates the Prophet Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail as recounted in the Quran. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

A cyclist attends World Naked Bike Ride day, in Mexico City, Saturday, June 8, 2024. Naked and partially clothed cyclists took to the streets in an effort to promote alternative forms of transportation highlighting the risks of the dependence on fossil fuels and climate change. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)

A cyclist attends World Naked Bike Ride day, in Mexico City, Saturday, June 8, 2024. Naked and partially clothed cyclists took to the streets in an effort to promote alternative forms of transportation highlighting the risks of the dependence on fossil fuels and climate change. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)

People wave Russian national flags as thousands gather on Red Square to watch a concert dedicated to the Day of Russia in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 11, 2024. The Day of Russia is celebrated annually on 12 June. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

People wave Russian national flags as thousands gather on Red Square to watch a concert dedicated to the Day of Russia in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 11, 2024. The Day of Russia is celebrated annually on 12 June. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

A Thai rescuer carries a survived chicken from a fire at Chatuchak Weekend Market, one of the most famous markets in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, June 11, 2024. Hundreds of caged animals died Tuesday after the fire struck the market in Thailand's capital. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

A Thai rescuer carries a survived chicken from a fire at Chatuchak Weekend Market, one of the most famous markets in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, June 11, 2024. Hundreds of caged animals died Tuesday after the fire struck the market in Thailand's capital. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

An asthma patient is administered a traditional "fish medicine" in Hyderabad, India, Saturday, June 8, 2024. Every year thousands of asthma patients arrive here to receive this fish therapy from the Bathini Goud family, which keeps a secret formula of herbs, handed down by generations only to family members. The herbs are inserted in the mouth of a live sardine, or murrel fish, and slipped into the patient's throat. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

An asthma patient is administered a traditional "fish medicine" in Hyderabad, India, Saturday, June 8, 2024. Every year thousands of asthma patients arrive here to receive this fish therapy from the Bathini Goud family, which keeps a secret formula of herbs, handed down by generations only to family members. The herbs are inserted in the mouth of a live sardine, or murrel fish, and slipped into the patient's throat. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

A newly ordained Catholic priest is launched in the air by friends and family outside the Duomo Cathedral after the ordination ceremony in Milan, Italy, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

A newly ordained Catholic priest is launched in the air by friends and family outside the Duomo Cathedral after the ordination ceremony in Milan, Italy, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

A man, his face painted in the likeness of a spirit, participates in the He Neak Ta rituals in Phum Boeung village, northwest of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, June 11, 2024. Cambodian villagers on Tuesday took part in a rare traditional guardian spirit ceremony praying for good fortune, rain and prosperity, as they aimed to preserve this ancient tradition. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

A man, his face painted in the likeness of a spirit, participates in the He Neak Ta rituals in Phum Boeung village, northwest of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, June 11, 2024. Cambodian villagers on Tuesday took part in a rare traditional guardian spirit ceremony praying for good fortune, rain and prosperity, as they aimed to preserve this ancient tradition. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The top U.N. court says Israel's presence in the Palestinian occupied territories is “unlawful” and called on it to end.

The International Court of Justice said in its non-binding opinion issued Friday that Israel has abused its status as the occupying power in the West Bank and east Jerusalem by carrying out policies of annexing territory, imposing permanent control and building settlements.

It said such acts render "Israel’s presence in the occupied Palestinian territory unlawful.” It says its continued presence was ”illegal" and should be ended as “rapidly as possible.”

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The top United Nations court said Israel's settlement policy in the West Bank and east Jerusalem violates international law, as it delivered a non-binding advisory opinion on the legality of Israel’s 57-year occupation of lands sought for a Palestinian state, a ruling that could have more effect on international opinion than it will on Israeli policies.

International Court of Justice President Nawaf Salam was expected to take about an hour to read out the full opinion of the panel, which is made up of 15 judges from around the world.

In part of the opinion, he said the panel had found that "the transfer by Israel of settlers to the West Bank and Jerusalem as well as Israel’s maintenance of their presence, is contrary to article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention.” The court also noted with “grave concern” that Israel’s settlement policy has been expanding.

The court also found that Israel's use of natural resources was “inconsistent” with its obligations under international law as an occupying power.

Friday’s hearing comes against the backdrop of Israel’s devastating 10-month military assault on Gaza, which was triggered by the Hamas-led attacks in southern Israel. In a separate case, the International Court of Justice is considering a South African claim that Israel’s campaign in Gaza amounts to genocide, a claim that Israel vehemently denies.

Israel captured the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza Strip in the 1967 Mideast war. The Palestinians seek all three areas for an independent state.

Israel considers the West Bank to be disputed territory, whose future should be decided in negotiations, while it has moved population there in settlements to solidify its hold. It has annexed east Jerusalem in a move that is not internationally recognized, while it withdrew from Gaza in 2005 but maintained a blockade of the territory after Hamas took power in 2007. The international community generally considers all three areas to be occupied territory.

At hearings in February, then-Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki accused Israel of apartheid and urged the United Nations’ top court to declare that Israel’s occupation of lands sought by the Palestinians is illegal and must end immediately and unconditionally for any hope for a two-state future to survive.

Israel, which normally considers the United Nations and international tribunals as unfair and biased, did not send a legal team to the hearings. But it submitted written comments, saying that the questions put to the court are prejudiced and “fail to recognize Israel’s right and duty to protect its citizens,” address Israeli security concerns or acknowledge Israel-Palestinian agreements to negotiate issues, including “the permanent status of the territory, security arrangements, settlements, and borders.”

The Palestinians presented arguments in February along with 49 other nations and three international organizations.

Erwin van Veen, a senior research fellow at the Clingendael think tank in The Hague, said that if the court rules that Israel’s policies in the West Bank and east Jerusalem breach international law, that is unlikely to change Israeli policies but it would “isolate Israel further internationally, at least from a legal point of view.”

He said such a ruling would “worsen the case for occupation. It removes any kind of legal, political, philosophical underpinning of the Israeli expansion project.”

It would also strengthen the hand of “those who seek to advocate against it” — such as the grassroots Palestinian-led movement advocating boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel.

He said it also could increase the number of countries that recognize the state of Palestine, in particular in the Western world, following the recent example of Spain and Norway and Ireland.”

It is not the first time the ICJ has been asked to give its legal opinion on Israeli policies. Two decades ago, the court ruled that Israel’s West Bank separation barrier was “contrary to international law.” Israel boycotted those proceedings, saying they were politically motivated.

Israel says the barrier is a security measure. Palestinians say the structure amounts to a massive land grab because it frequently dips into the West Bank.

The U.N. General Assembly voted by a wide margin in December 2022 to ask the world court for the advisory opinion. Israel vehemently opposed the request that was promoted by the Palestinians. Fifty countries abstained from voting.

Israel has built well over 100 settlements, according to the anti-settlement monitoring group Peace Now. The West Bank settler population has grown by more than 15% in the past five years to more than 500,000 Israelis, according to a pro-settler group.

Israel also has annexed east Jerusalem and considers the entire city to be its capital. An additional 200,000 Israelis live in settlements built in east Jerusalem that Israel considers to be neighborhoods of its capital. Palestinian residents of the city face systematic discrimination, making it difficult for them to build new homes or expand existing ones.

The international community considers all settlements to be illegal or obstacles to peace since they are built on lands sought by the Palestinians for their state.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s hard-line government is dominated by settlers and their political supporters. Netanyahu has given his finance minister, Bezalel Smotrich, a former settler leader, unprecedented authority over settlement policy. Smotrich has used this position to cement Israel’s control over the West Bank by pushing forward plans to build more settlement homes and to legalize outposts.

Authorities recently approved the appropriation of 12.7 square kilometers (nearly 5 square miles) of land in the Jordan Valley, a strategic piece of land deep inside the West Bank, according to a copy of the order obtained by The Associated Press. Data from Peace Now, the tracking group, indicate it was the largest single appropriation approved since the 1993 Oslo accords at the start of the peace process.

FILE - A view of the Peace Palace, which houses the International Court of Justice, or World Court, in The Hague, Netherlands, on Jan. 26, 2024. (AP Photo/Patrick Post, File)

FILE - A view of the Peace Palace, which houses the International Court of Justice, or World Court, in The Hague, Netherlands, on Jan. 26, 2024. (AP Photo/Patrick Post, File)

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