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Israeli MP cancels Belgium trip amid war crimes summons

An Israeli MP who was due to be arrested over war crimes allegations in Belgium has cancelled her trip to the country, citing health reasons.

Belgium’s federal prosecutor confirmed the prosecution’s intention to arrest Tzipi Livni, a former foreign minister, over allegations filed in 2010 concerning possible war crimes committed during Israel’s war on the Gaza Strip in December 2008 and January 2009.

The Israeli foreign ministry rejected the “cynical abuse of the Belgian legal system to advance a political agenda,” a ministry spokesperson said.