SA speaks against Gaza strip violence
by SAVIOUS KWINIKA
PRETORIA – SOUTH Africa has reiterated concern over the escalation of violence between Israel and Palestinian in the Gaza Strip.
Department of International Relations and Cooperation spokesman, Clayson
Monyela, said the country was worried by Israel’s endless “wanton” killing
of Palestinian civilians citing vulnerable groups such as elderly people
“Israeli bombardments have led to the destruction of homes in Gaza and
innocent civilians being killed in these air strikes. We are also concerned about the increasing number of rockets targeted at Israeli cities – with some reaching as far north as Haifa putting innocent civilians at risk.
“The threatened ground invasion of the Gaza Strip will certainly throw the situation completely out of control,” said Monyela.
“We do not agree that the cruel incidents of the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli boys and the subsequent kidnapping and murder of a Palestinian boy in Jerusalem be used as grounds to escalate the violence,” Monyela said.
He urged both sides to refrain from responding to violence with violence arguing that the two nations should exercise restraint.
“The lasting solution to the Middle East problem lies in serious and genuine negotiations involving all parties,” Monyela said.
Palestine Solidarity Campaign spokesperson, Salim Vally, condemned the terror, violence and savagery of Israeli against the hapless people of Gaza.
“The brutal and on-going Israeli attacks have thus far resulted in the deaths of over 75 people-mostly women, children and the elderly and the maiming of close to 500 people.
“This is the Israeli regime’s third, large-scale massacre of Palestinians in Gaza in less than six years. This (Friday) morning, Gaza’s Ministry of Health reported that Israel has killed 22 children, 15 women and 12 elderly men,” Vally said.
– CAJ News
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