Updated: February 24, 2021
South Africa has recalled its Ambassador from Israel following the mass killing of dozens of Palestinians by Israeli soldiers.
The Palestinians were protesting the opening of the controversial U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.
In a statement by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation,the South African government said it “condemns in the strongest terms possible the latest act of violent aggression carried out by Israeli armed forces along the Gaza border”.
“The victims were taking part in a peaceful protest against the provocative inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem. This latest attack has resulted in scores of other Palestinian citizens reported injured, and the wanton destruction of property.
“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”.
President Trump decided to move the Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem last December.
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