Pretoria: SOUTH Africa has recalled its Ambassador to Israel following that country’s deadly attack on protesting Palestinians in the Gaza strip on Monday.
Israel security forces killed more than 50 Palestinians, injured another 2500 during a protest over the US Embassy move to Jerusalem.
It is the deadliest attack since the 2014 war with Israel.
“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,” the S.A department of International Relations and Cooperation said in a statement.
“Like other members of the international community, South Africa is disturbed by the latest deadly aggression and reiterates calls made by several member states of the United Nations for an independent inquiry into the killings, with a view to holding to account those who are responsible.”
The United States on Monday blocked a UN Security Council statement calling for an independent and transparent investigation into the Gaza deaths.
The South African International Relations department however called on the Israel security forces to withdraw from the Gaza strip to “bring to an end the violent and destructive incursions into Palestinian territories”.