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Colombia and Chile Recall Ambassadors from Israel Over Gaza Conflict

The statement urged an immediate end to hostilities.
November 1, 2023
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Colombia and Chile

Colombia and Chile have recalled their respective ambassadors from Israel in response to Israel’s offensive in Gaza during the ongoing conflict with the Hamas militant group.

Colombian President Gustavo Petro announced the recall of the ambassador, stating, “I have decided to call our ambassador in Israel for consultation. If Israel does not stop the massacre of the Palestinian people, we cannot be there.”

The Colombian Foreign Ministry issued a statement expressing strong condemnation of the Israeli security forces’ actions in Gaza, emphasizing the need for an immediate ceasefire and for Israel’s security forces to adhere to international humanitarian law. The statement also stressed the importance of global recognition of both Palestinian and Israeli states and the necessity of dialogue for achieving peace in the region.

Chile also recalled its envoy to Israel for consultations, citing Israel’s “violation of international humanitarian law” in Gaza. The Chilean Foreign Ministry strongly condemned the military operations, characterizing them as collective punishment of the Palestinian civilian population in Gaza and a breach of fundamental international law norms. The statement urged an immediate end to hostilities and the deployment of a humanitarian support operation to aid internally displaced people and civilian victims.

Bolivia had previously severed diplomatic relations with Israel in response to the conflict.

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