Swapo condemns Israeli bombardment of Gaza

14 Jul 2014 15:51pm
WINDHOEK, 14 JUL (NAMPA) – The Swapo-Party has condemned the bombardment of Gaza in the Palestinian territory by the Israeli Air Force.
In a media statement issued by the office of Secretary-General Nangolo Mbumba here on Monday, the party denounced the indiscriminate use of air attacks, which had resulted in the killing of innocent Palestinian civilians and the destruction of property and infrastructure.
“We call for the unconditional and immediate end to all hostilities. We also call on the governments of Israel and the Palestine Authority to resume, without further delay, negotiations aimed at restoring peace that should lead to the establishment of an independent State of Palestine,” the statement read.
International news agencies reported on Monday that Israel briefly deployed ground troops inside the Gaza Strip for the first time early Sunday.
Chinese-based Xinhua news agency said the Israeli military warned northern Gaza residents to evacuate their homes - part of a widening offensive, which killed more than 160 Palestinians thus far.
“The latest incident occurred as Israel's deadly offensive on Gaza entered its seventh day, and the death toll in Gaza climbed to 172 and some 1 230 people were injured,” the agency reported.
Rocket fire from Gaza continued through Sunday evening, as some 20 rockets were launched at southern Israel since midnight.
Quoting an Israeli Army announcement, Xinhua said in the early morning hours, an unmanned aircraft entered Israel from Gaza but was intercepted, causing no injuries or damage.
Meanwhile, Swapo has reaffirmed its unshakable solidarity with strong support for the Palestinian people in their just cause for the restoration of their dignity, peace and independence.
“The immeasurable suffering and humiliation of the Palestinian people will only end when Israel withdraws its illegal occupation from all Palestinian territories,” it said.
The ruling party then urgently called on the United Nations’ (UN) Security Council tasked to maintain international peace and security to exercise its mandate in this regard.