South Africa recalls ambassador to Israel after killing of protesters

Palestinian protesters burn tires during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel

Palestinian protesters burn tires during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel

Palestinian protesters gathering along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, May 14, 2018.

Coveney also asked for "restraint from Israel in the hours and days ahead", the foreign ministry said.

The ministry said Irish officials in Ramallah reported that health services in Gaza, already stretched because of a lack of equipment and essential medicines, were "overwhelmed with the level of casualties".

The statement said that Ireland was also "very disturbed" by reports of injuries suffered by health workers.

Protests took place across South African cities on Tuesday in support of Palestine, this after Israeli forces opened fire on Palestinian protesters on the Israel-Gaza border on Monday, leaving at least 60 dead and more than 2,400 wounded.

He told the parliamentarians at the session that the Irish Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Simon Coveney had summoned the Israeli ambassador to Ireland earlier in the day to express the Irish government's and the Irish people's outrage and dismay at the recent events in Gaza.

The minister was of the view that the violence in the Gaza Strip would stand in the way of rebuilding Palestinian institutions and infrastructure.

"China has always believed that the final status of Jerusalem should be finally settled through peace talks between Palestine and Israel in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the United Nations", Lu said.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has urged Israel to show restraint in the Gaza Strip amid the rallies.

"Given the indiscriminate [nature] and gravity of the latest Israeli attack, the South African government has taken a decision to recall Ambassador Sisa Ngombane with immediate effect until further notice", Department of International Relations spokesperson Ndivhuwo Mabaya said. The Palestinians supported us, the formerly oppressed people of South Africa, during our struggle against oppression.

The death toll led to strong condemnation from rights groups and concern from a range of countries. The day before she had expressed her opposition to the U.S. decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem and stated that London had no plans to do the same.

"It is driving the worldwide scene to a kind of security chaos", he added. This step by the Trump administration was controversial because it broke with decades of USA policy and infuriated Palestinians.

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