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South Africa and Chad recall diplomats to Israel over Gaza invasion

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Elvis Adjetey
Elvis Adjetey
Elvis Adjetey is an experienced African journalist who has worked with top media brands in Ghana where he is based.

South Africa and Chad have decided to recall their diplomatic staff from Israel over the ongoing war in Gaza.

The two countries said this has been necessitated by the humanitarian situation in Gaza.

These diplomatic actions also reflect concerns by these countries over the Israel-Hamas conflict and their commitment to promote peace and stability in the region.

According to the South African government all three diplomats in Israel have been recalled because the international community cannot tolerate the genocide.

“The South African government has decided to withdraw all of its diplomats in Tel Aviv for consultation,” minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni said during a news conference over the weekend.

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“Cabinet has also noted the continuing disparaging remarks of the Israeli ambassador to South Africa about those who are opposing the atrocities and the genocide of the Israeli government,” Ntshavheni added.

South Africa’s parliament had previously passed a resolution to downgrade its ties with Israel in March this year.

The South African government has consistently voiced strong condemnation of Israel’s operations in Gaza, calling for an immediate ceasefire.

“It is a war crime for Israel to directly target Palestinian civilians in hospitals, ambulances, schools, apartment buildings, and in their private cars,” the Foreign ministry said on Saturday.

Chad has also recalled its charge d’affaires to Israel in reacting to the situation in Gaza.

The decision to recall the senior diplomat for consultations was made in “indignation” at the ongoing conflict, as conveyed in a statement posted on the Facebook page of the Chadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Chad’s government spokesperson emphasised the country’s condemnation of the loss of innocent civilian lives and called for a ceasefire that leads to a lasting resolution of the Palestinian question.

“Chad condemns the loss of human lives of many innocent civilians and calls for a ceasefire leading to a lasting solution to the Palestinian question,” the government spokesperson added in his statement.

Prior to these African nations, Turkey recalled its ambassador to Israel.

The move was criticised by the Israeli Foreign Ministry, which condemned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his stance in the raging war between Israel and Hamas, The Times of Israel reported.

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