The South African government on Monday has pulled its ambassador to Israel in light of Israel killing 59 peaceful protesters, including children, on the Gaza border.
In a statement released on Monday South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) condemned Israel’s actions “in the strongest terms possible.”
DIRCO also announced its plans to remove its ambassador to Israel. “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.”
The statement further reiterated the country’s stance on the Israel-Palestine conflict.
“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.”