Johannesburg: South Africa is recalling its
ambassador to Israel in the wake of the deadly raid on an aid
convoy bound for the Gaza Strip, the government said on Thursday.
"The recall of ambassador Ishmael Coovadia is to show our
strongest condemnation of the attack. This recent Israel
aggression of attacking the aid flotilla severely impacts on
finding a lasting solution to the problems of the region,"
junior foreign minister Ebrahim Ebrahim told journalists in
"We are recalling him for consultation which suggests
that after consultation he will go back to Tel Aviv. It`s not
a permanent recall," Ebrahim added.
The South African government has already condemned the
attack on the flotilla on Monday, in which nine people were
killed, as "a gross violation of international law."
Ebrahim said that a South African who was part of the
flotilla had been released from Israeli detention.
"Ms Gadija Davids, was in fact on one of these flights
arranged by the Turkish government that left Tel Aviv late
last night and will in fact tomorrow be landing in South
Africa," he said.
Since the fall of the whites-only apartheid regime in
1994, South Africa has been an outspoken critic of Israel and
infuriated the Jewish state with its willingness to meet
members of the Islamist movement Hamas which rules Gaza.