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Tutu 'deeply distressed and brokenhearted' by Gaza carnage

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. File photo

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. File photo

Published May 15, 2018

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Johannesburg - South Africans demonstrated in solidarity with

Palestinians on Tuesday, a day after 60 were killed protesting the US

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embassy's move to Jerusalem, with anti-apartheid icon Archbishop

Desmond Tutu declaring himself "brokenhearted."

The response in South Africa to the killings has been visceral, with

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the country withdrawing its ambassador to Israel on Monday and the

ruling African National Congress (ANC) condemning Israel as an

"apartheid regime."

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"I am deeply distressed and brokenhearted by the massacre perpetrated

by the State of Israel in Gaza yesterday," Tutu, a stalwart of South

Africa's fight against racial inequality, said in a statement.

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In Cape Town, home to much of South Africa's Muslim community, dozens

marched to parliament. Several senior ANC officials were among the

protesters.

READ: AU condemns Israel's 'disproportionate use of force' in Gaza

"The African National Congress ... once a target of a Nazi-like

Apartheid regime, will never tolerate any system that treats and

regards other human beings as insignificant," the party said in a

statement.

"We would like to express to the Palestinian people that their

suffering will not be in vain, and our freedom and liberation will

never be complete until they are free," it added.

Sixty Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces during mass protests

along the border on Monday. The demonstrations were fuelled by a

controversial decision by US President Donald Trump to move the US

Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

DPA

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