World Bulletin/News Desk
A Palestinian diplomat based at the Embassy of Palestine in South Africa has lost eight of his family members in an Israeli attack on the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah.
"It's sad that our people in Palestine are facing death all the time," heartbroken Tamer Al-Massri, the Palestinian media and cultural attaché in Pretoria, told Anadolu Agency.
The slain relatives include Ibrahim Suleiman Al-Massri, his wife, her brother and the couple's three sons and two grandchildren.
The couple had lost 2 sons in previous Israeli attacks on the blockaded Gaza Strip in 2006 and 2012.
Israel has been pounding the Gaza Strip – home to 1.8 million people – since July 7 with the stated aim of halting rocket fire.
At least 1756 Palestinians – mostly civilians – have been killed and more than 9200 others injured in relentless Israeli attacks on the beleaguered coastal enclave.
Israel's military operation, dubbed operation "Protective Edge," is the self-proclaimed Jewish state's third major offensive against the densely-populate Gaza Strip within the last six years.
"What is happening in Palestine is a massacre. It is a real massacre," al-Massri lamented.
He said it was saddening that the U.S. and other countries were still supporting the Israeli onslaught against Palestinians.
"Everyone needs to condemn what is happening in Palestine," added the diplomat.
The South African chapter of the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign sent its condolences to the Palestinian diplomat.
"As South Africans we relate to comrade Tamer Al-Massri's pain and loss for many of us and our families also experienced tragedy while in exile," it said in a statement.
It added that the news about Al-Massri’s loss brings home the magnitude of human suffering that Palestinians are experiencing during the ongoing Israeli assault on the besieged Gaza Strip.
"It's also an urgent wake up call to South Africans and ourselves that every second that passes more lives are literally at stake," said the group.
It plans a vigil at Union Buildings in Pretoria to mourn with Al-Massri and the entire Palestinian people.Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Ağustos 2014, 16:37