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SA withdraws Ambassador to Israel following deadly Gaza attack

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Bulk 232JOHANNESBURG (PNIC):-The South African government has condemned "in the strongest terms possible" the latest violence in Gaza.

The country has also withdrawn its Ambassador to Israel in the wake of the violence.

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.

"Given the indiscriminate and grave manner of the latest Israeli attacks, the South African government has taken a decision to recall Ambassador Sisa Ngombane with immediate effect and until further notice," Dirco added.

"As we have stated on previous occasions, South Africa reiterates its view that the Israeli Defense 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."

The routine actions of the Israeli armed forces present yet another obstacle to a permanent resolution to the conflict‚ which must come in the form of two states‚ Palestine and Israel‚ existing side-by-side and in peace‚” said Dirco.

It said the government also joined the chorus of United Nations’ member states calling for an independent inquiry into the killings‚ with a view to holding to account those who were responsible.

Israeli troops killed 52 Palestinians who were taking part in mass protests on the Gaza border on Monday, as the United States opened its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem, including eight children under the age of 16.

 
 
 
 
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