President Cyril Ramaphosa has once more charged Israel with “genocide” in Gaza and war crimes.
In order to come up with a coordinated response to the Israel-Hamas conflict, the BRICS countries—Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa—will meet virtually in Pretoria.
Ramaphosa referred to the collective punishment of Palestinian civilians as a war crime while presiding over the extraordinary summit of the BRICS group of countries.
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” It is a war crime for Israel to collectively punish Palestinian civilians by using force against them.” It is equivalent to genocide to purposefully deny the people of Gaza access to medicine, fuel, food, and water.
Following the discussions, which also include participants from Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, and the United Arab Emirates, the BRICS group is anticipated to release a joint statement.
Following last month’s massacre of about 1, 200 civilians by Hamas gunmen, fighting has erupted in Gaza.
Israel responded by relentlessly bombing Gaza, killing more than 11,000 civilians in the process.