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ANC condemns attacks on Gaza

The African National Congress strongly condemned Israel’s ground offensive against Hamas militants in...

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The African National Congress strongly condemned Israel’s ground offensive against Hamas militants in <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><place w:st="on"><city w:st="on">Gaza.

Israeli troops started the operation to stop rocket attacks against the country’s southern regions.

The violence has claimed hundreds of lives and the ANC said <place w:st="on"><country-region w:st="on">Israel</country-region> was ignoring the United Nations by continuing its offensive.

The ANC called on Israeli officials to realise that they had moved well beyond the UN’s position outlined in its Human Rights Commission Resolution of 1996.

It threw its support behind the Palestinian people, claiming that the <city w:st="on">Gaza Strip was Palestinian land and had full rights to exist within <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Israel</country-region>’s borders.

The ruling party said collective punishment was not a solution to the violence which has plagued the Middle East since the mid-1960s.

It called for an immediate withdrawal of Israeli troops currently conducting a ground offensive against Hamas militants in <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Gaza.

The ANC also wanted the international community to do more than verbally condemn <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Israel</country-region>’s military action, claiming the country had already broken all international laws governing retaliatory engagement by causing a large scale humanitarian crisis.