The South African government on Monday withdrew its ambassador to Israel after more than four dozen civilians were killed following a deadly attack in the Gaza Strip

The decision was taken ‘given the indiscriminate and grave manner of the latest Israeli attack’, in which the death toll has risen to 52.

“Given the indiscriminate and grave manner of the latest Israeli attack, the South African government has taken a decision to recall Ambassador Sisa Ngombane with immediate effect until further notice,” said South Africa’s department of international relations and cooperation.

“The South African government condemns in the strongest terms possible the latest act of violent aggression carried out by Israeli armed forces along the Gaza border, which has led to the deaths of over 40 civilians. The victims were taking part in a peaceful protest against the provocative inauguration of the US [United States of America] embassy in Jerusalem.”

Palestinian officials say at least 52 people have been killed in the latest round of protests.
At least 1,700 Palestinian demonstrators were reportedly wounded on Monday along the border fence with Gaza as the mass protests that began on March 30, and that had already left dozens dead erupted anew.

The protests took place as the United States Embassy was formally relocated to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, on the 70th anniversary of the formation of Israel. The formality and celebration created an almost surreal contrast to the violence raging barely 40 miles away.

“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‚”. ')}

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The South African government on Monday withdrew its ambassador to Israel after more than four dozen civilians were killed following a deadly attack in the Gaza Strip The decision was taken ‘given the indiscriminate and grave manner of the latest Israeli attack’, in which the death toll has risen to 52. “Given...