Venezuela snaps diplomatic ties with Israel over Gaza

January 15th, 2009 - 11:32 am ICT by IANS  

Caracas, Jan 15 (IANS) Venezuela has announced that it was breaking diplomatic relations with Israel “in the face of the seriousness of the atrocities against the Palestinian people”, EFE reported Thursday.In a communique released by the foreign ministry, the government of President Hugo Chavez said Wednesday that it would insist “before the international community that the crimes against humanity committed by (Israel’s) leaders be denounced before the International Criminal Court”.

The move by Caracas came after the announcement earlier Wednesday by the Bolivian government that La Paz was breaking diplomatic ties with Israel as an act of solidarity with Palestinians suffering from Tel Aviv’s current offensive in the Gaza strip.

“Bolivia had diplomatic relations with Israel, but in the face of of these acts of grave attacks against life, against humanity, Bolivia breaks diplomatic relations with Israel,” Bolivian President Evo Morales said during a reception for the diplomatic corps at the presidential palace.

Launched Dec 27, the Israeli campaign in Gaza has left more than 900 Palestinians dead and 4,600 wounded. The UN estimates that half of the dead are women and children.

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