Not known when SA envoy will leave for Israel

2014-07-23 20:16
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Johannesburg - It was not known when South Africa's special envoy would leave for Israel and Palestine, as unrest in the Gaza strip intensifies.

"The date has not yet been finalised," international relations department spokesperson Clayson Monyela said on Wednesday.

On Tuesday International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane announced President Jacob Zuma's intention to send the team, led by former deputy foreign affairs minister Aziz Pahad.

The department could not divulge details of the team's ground routes for safety reasons.

South Africa plans to pledge R10.5m in humanitarian aid to Palestine, through UN agencies.

Zuma has undertaken to invite Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on a working visit to South Africa, the ANC said earlier.

On Sunday, Zuma called on both the Israel defence force and Hamas militia to stop hostilities.

He called on Israel to withdraw troops from the Gaza strip, while at the same time condemning Hamas's firing of rockets into Israel.

Wednesday marked the 16th day of the deadliest violence in the enclave in five years.

AFP reported that 649 Palestinians and 31 Israelis had been killed so far.

Read more on:    anc  |  maite nkoana-mashabane  |  jacob zuma  |  israel  |  johannesburg  |  palestine  |  gaza conflict
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