SADC condemns attacks on Gaza
Swakopmund ‑ The Southern African Development Community is concerned with the Israeli blatant attacks against Palestinians in the Gaza strip, which have left thousands of defenceless people, mostly women, the elderly and children dead.
The regional bloc expressed its worry over the issue in a statement issued by the SADC Ministerial Committee of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation at its meeting in Swakopmund, Namibia recently.
SADC called for an investigation into the attacks by Israeli against the Palestinians and condemned the indiscriminate Israeli bombardment from land, air and sea and the killing of hundreds of innocent civilians.
“The SADC MCO supports the resolution adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council on 23 July 2014, which, inter alia, called for an independent investigation into the unwarranted atrocities committed by the Israeli forces against the civilian population of Gaza which may be in violation of humanitarian law and international law principles,” the statement said.
“The SADC MCO further condemns the deliberate and systematic targeting and willful destruction of hospitals, schools, mosques, houses and other critical civilian infrastructures.” The regional grouping called for an immediate ceasefire and for the Government of Israel and the Hamas to engage in a monitored dialogue. SADC urged government of Israel and Hamas to cooperate with the United Nations Secretary General and others, in their efforts to facilitate a ceasefire and to allow for unfettered humanitarian assistance to reach the wounded and all those in need.
“The SADC MCO reaffirms the SADC peoples’ unflinching solidarity with the Palestinian people in their quest to realise their right to self-determination and an independent state of their own, living in peace, side-by-side, with the state of Israel.”