The Department of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa condemns Israeli attacks on Gaza which have over the last 48 hours resulted in the death of over 10 people, including a 5-year-old child.
It is reported that 2934 grave violations against 1208 Palestinian children and 9 Israeli children broke out on Friday, 05 August 2022.
Dicro’s spokesperson Clayson Monyela says it is of particular grave concern that Israeli military statements indicate that the operation would “take a long time” and that the ongoing attacks continue to place innocent civilians at severe risk.
“Attacks that kill innocent civilians have no justification, and they are more abhorrent as they are committed by an occupying power which has besieged the Gaza Strip for over a decade in contravention of international law”.
Monyela says the international community has an obligation to ensure that international law is not violated indiscriminately and to urgently stop the Israeli occupation forces repeated attacks against civilians, especially women and children as well as the illegal blockade in Gaza.
The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Minister Naledi Pandor recently stated, “South Africa is concerned at the continued human rights violations in the occupied territories and again reiterates that such violations only contribute to the fostering of hatred. Israel’s security and that of its future generations do not lie in the annexation of all Palestinian territories, the imprisonment of Palestinians, the erecting of high concrete walls and checkpoint.