South Africa recalls Israel ambassador after 55 killed in Gaza protests


Johannesburg, May 15: South Africa recalled its ambassador to Israel on Monday after at least 55 Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israeli forces during protests over opening of the United States embassy in Jerusalem.
“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,” South Africa’s foreign ministry said in a statement.
“The victims were taking part in a peaceful protest against the provocative inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem,” it said, condemning “violent aggression carried out by Israeli armed forces”.
“This latest attack has resulted in scores of other Palestinian citizens reported injured, and the wanton destruction of property,” it added.
More than 2,400 Palestinians were wounded and the dead included eight children under the age of 16, according to the Palestinian envoy to the United Nations.
It was the bloodiest day in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since a 2014 Gaza war. (AFP)