Sudan condemns “Israeli massacre” of Palestinian civilians

Sudan President Omar al-Bashir
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir

Sudan on Wednesday (16 May 2018) condemned what it described as “Israeli massacre” of Palestinian civilians who were protesting over the move of U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemns, in the strongest terms, the massacre committed by the authorities of the Israeli entity in the Gaza strip against Palestinian civilians coincident with the 70th anniversary of Palestinian Nakba Day and opening of the U.S. embassy in the occupied Jerusalem,” said Sudan’s Foreign Ministry in a statement.

It urged the international community to live up to its responsibilities towards provision of full protection to the helpless Palestinians.

The statement stressed Sudan’s solidarity with the Palestinian people in their just cause and legitimate right in establishing its state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The statement further criticized the U.S. decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem, describing it as a “flagrant violation” of the international law and the rights of the Palestinian people.

It said the move represents a provocation to humanity and a threat to international peace and security, noting that the move also aborts peaceful settlement talks, top of them the Oslo agreement.

The statement reiterated Sudan’s full rejection to any violation of the legal and political status of Jerusalem.