Southern Africa

South Africa withdraws Ambassador to Israel


JOHANNESBURG-South African has withdrawn its Ambassador to Israel in the wake of violence in Gaza.

The South African government condemned the killing of Palestinians.

In a statement on Monday evening, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) said this act of aggression resulted in scores of Palestinian deaths, injuries and destruction to property.

“Over 40 people [now 55] have been killed following a peaceful protest against the provocative inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem. Given the indiscriminate and gravity of the latest Israeli attack, the South African government has taken a decision to recall Ambassador Sisa Ngombane with immediate effect until further notice,” read the statement.

“As we have stated on previous occasions, South Africa reiterates its view that the Israeli Defence Force must withdraw from the Gaza Strip and bring to an end the violent and destructive incursions into Palestinian territories. South Africa maintains further that the violence in the Gaza Strip will stand in the way of rebuilding Palestinian institutions and infrastructure,” Dirco added.

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