ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATH Mourners carry the body of a Palestinian, who was killed during a protest at the Israel-Gaza border, during his funeral in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip May 14, 2018. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa TEMPLATE OUT

JOHANNESBURG – South Africa has withdrawn its Ambassador to Israel following the killing of Palestinian protestors at the Gaza border.

The South African government said in a statement it condemned in the strongest terms possible the latest act of violent aggression carried out by Israeli armed forces.

The statement said the over 40 people killed following a peaceful protest against the provocative inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem.

It further said, “Given the indiscriminate 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.”

The media release stated that South Africa reiterates its view that the Israeli Defence Force must withdraw from the Gaza Strip and bring an end of the violent and destructive incursions into Palestinian territories.

Government have called for several member states in the United Nations to call for an independent inquiry into the killings, with the hope of holding those responsible to account.

On Monday the US officially opened its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem.

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