SADC Condemns Israeli Massacres

The SADC Ministerial Committee of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation (MCO) meeting held in Swakopmund last week gly condemned the recent disproportionate attacks against Palestinian civilians by Israeli security forces.

The number of Palestinians killed in the 19-day war in Gaza in both the shellings and indiscriminate aerial bombardments exceeded 1 000 over the weekend, most of them civilians and women and children compared to 40 Israeli soldiers who lost their lives to attacks by Hamas militants.

In a statement issued last Friday MCO “noted with grave concern the blatant and disproportionate attacks against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, by the State of Israel which has resulted in the deaths and suffering of defenceless Palestinian civilians, mostly women, children and the elderly”.

The SADC MCO supports the resolution adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council on 23 July, 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 SADC MCO condemns the indiscriminate Israeli bombardment from land, air and sea and the killing of hundreds of innocent civilians,” it stated.

The SADC MCO further condemns the deliberate and systematic targeting and willful destruction of hospitals, schools, mosques, houses and other critical civilian infrastructure.

The SADC MCO therefore calls for an immediate ceasefire and for the Government of Israel and Hamas to engage in a monitored dialogue.

The Government of Israel and Hamas are further urged 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 realize their right to self-determination and an independent state of their own, living in peace, side by side, with the state of Israel.

Source : New Era