This from iol.co.za:
Johannesburg – South Africa has withdrawn its ambassador to Israel following deadly protests on the Gaza border that saw dozens of Palestinians killed by Israeli troops, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation said on Monday.
Earlier, reports emerged that at least 41 Palestinians were killed by Israeli gunfire in the latest in a round of protests dubbed the “Great March of Return”, health officials said.
It was the highest Palestinian death toll in a single day since a series of protests began at the border with Israel on March 30 and since the 2014 Gaza war.
The health officials said 900 Palestinians were wounded, about 450 of them by live bullets.
Dirco in a statement condemned the “latest act of violent aggression” carried out by Israeli troops.
“The South African government condemns in the strongest terms possible the latest act of violent aggression carried out by Israeli armed forces along the Gaza border which has led to the deaths of over 40 civilians.
“The victims were taking part in peaceful protests against the provocative inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem. The latest has resulted in scores of other Palestinian citizens reported injured, and the wanton destruction of property.”
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