Israeli-Palestinian conflict; Zim calls for restraint and lasting solution.
Nevanji Munyaradzi Chiondegwa
The Government of Zimbabwe has called for restraint and for a return to the political process that ushers a lasting solution to the Middle East crisis.
This was expressed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs andInternational Trade in a press statement while commenting on the ongoing crisis in the Middle East.
The Ministry said, “The Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe is closely following the developments in the Middle East and is deeply concerned at the ongoing fighting between Hamas and the Israeli army which has left more than 1000 people dead while several others have been displaced
or injured. Equally disturbing is the indiscriminate targeting of civilians
especially women and children and the disproportionate use of force.”
It went on to day that the Government of Zimbabwe urges all sides to exercise maximum restraint and allow humanitarian workers access to the injured and displaced.
The statement further said, “We convey our deepest condolences to all those who lost
their loved ones and wish the injured speedy recovery.”
“These tragic developments ( in the Middle East), once again highlight the urgent need for
the revival of the political process aimed at finding a durable and just
solution which respects the right to self-determination of the Palestinian people as envisaged under the United Nations Resolutions.”
On Saturday, HAMAS armed wing Izza ad-Din al-Qassam launched a military attack into Israel from the Gaza Strip. This has seen Israeli army retaliating with undiscminate brute force.
Zimbabwe maintains cordial and diplomatic relations with Palestine and has recently established diplomatic relations with Israel.