Johannesburg - Foreign Minister Lindiwe Sisulu on Tuesday said the Department of International Relations and Co-operation (DIRCO) was having continuous consultations with President Cyril Ramaphosa on the downgrading of the South African embassy in Israel after Monday's carnage in Gaza.
Deadly fire from Israeli soldiers left at least 60 Palestinians dead and more than 2 400 wounded. Israeli soldiers opened fire on tens of thousands of Gazans - protesting the US moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and the right to return to their homes in Israel - near the Gaza-Israel border.
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By 3.30pm Monday the violence carried out by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) had escalated and by 5 pm South Africa had responded with the ANC passing a resolution recalling its ambassador to Israel and calling for the downgrading of the embassy.