Israel recalls Ambassador to South Africa Eli Belotserkovsky for consultations, due to “recent comments” from South Africa, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs says.

Earlier this month, South Africa recalled its ambassador and diplomatic mission to Israel, and described the war against Hamas in Gaza as “genocide.”

Last week, a spokesperson for the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party said the party “cannot sit back and watch the genocidal actions of the Israeli regime,” while President Cyril Ramaphosa said his country had filed a referral against Israel to the International Criminal Court, over its military campaign in Gaza.