South Africa has denounced Israel's military raids in the Nuseirat refugee camp in Gaza, which killed scores of Palestinians over the weekend, calling on the international community to act immediately to put an end to the hostilities.

Iran PressAfrica: On Saturday, the Israel Occupation Forces (IOF) announced its commandos had rescued four hostages from Hamas captivity, in a daylight attack on Nuseirat in central Gaza. Gaza's Health Ministry reported on Sunday that at least 274 Palestinians were killed and 698 wounded in the land, sea, and airstrikes.

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) also said its teams were working with medical staff at the Al-Aqsa and Nasser hospitals to treat an "overwhelming number of severely injured patients," following "intense bombings by Israeli forces." The majority of the injured are women and children, the charity organization wrote on X (formerly Twitter).

In a statement on Sunday, the South African government said the June 8 attack "on innocent civilians in a designated safe zone" was one of the "single worst massacres committed by the Israeli occupation forces in Gaza."

The statement added: "We are appalled that these attacks are being praised by some, for saving four Israeli hostages, while killing and severely injuring hundreds of innocent Palestinian civilians."South Africa's condemnation of Israel's actions in Gaza highlights the growing international outrage over the ongoing violence in the region.

The country has called on the international community to take immediate action to end the hostilities and protect Palestinian civilians.The attack on the Nuseirat refugee camp, which resulted in the deaths of at least 274 Palestinians and the injury of hundreds more, has been widely condemned as a disproportionate use of force by Israeli forces.

The targeting of a designated safe zone and the high number of civilian casualties, particularly women and children, have further fueled international criticism of Israel's actions.South Africa's statement reflects the growing sentiment among many nations that Israel's military operations in Gaza are excessive and unjustified.

The country has called on the international community to hold Israel accountable for its actions and to work towards a peaceful resolution to the conflict.


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