South African lawmakers voted to shut down the Israeli embassy in Pretoria and cut off all diplomatic ties. The ruling African National Congress, dominating parliament, supported the move.

The decision, passed with 248 votes in favor and 91 against, demands closure until Israel agrees to a ceasefire and engages in meaningful negotiations.

During the vote, some members chanted ‘free, free Palestine.’ Israel recalled its ambassador, citing South Africa’s recent statements.

President Cyril Ramaphosa accused Israel of committing genocide in Gaza, prompting the International Criminal Court referral and the recall of South Africa’s diplomats.

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