South Africa pledges millions of aid against Israel’s Gaza war

The South African government announced a 50 million Rand ($2.7 million) contribution to support humanitarian relief efforts in Gaza.

Justice Minister Ronald Lamola made the announcement at a virtual conference on the urgent humanitarian response for Gaza.

The funds will be channeled through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to assist Palestinians facing severe shortages of basic necessities due to the ongoing conflict.

Lamola emphasized South Africa’s long-term commitment to supporting Gaza’s reconstruction and facilitating a peaceful resolution that allows Palestinians to live with dignity.

Lamola reiterated South Africa’s support for the International Criminal Court’s investigation into potential war crimes committed in Gaza.

He condemned Israel’s continued offensive, which has caused widespread destruction and hampered the delivery of humanitarian aid.

The Minister stressed Israel’s obligation, as an occupying power, to allow unrestricted access for humanitarian assistance to reach Gaza.

He decried Israel’s defiance of international law and UN resolutions, calling for accountability for all parties responsible for civilian casualties.

Lamola highlighted the tragic toll of the conflict, with local health authorities reporting over 37,000 Palestinian deaths, mostly civilians, and over 84,000 injuries.

He further expressed South Africa’s condemnation of the recent raid on the Nuseirat Refugee Camp, which resulted in hundreds of Palestinian fatalities.

The news article concludes by mentioning the ongoing legal case against Israel at the International Court of Justice, which recently ordered a halt to its operations in Rafah, a densely populated area that provided refuge for many Palestinians displaced by the conflict.

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