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Colombia has recalled its ambassador to Israel over the Gaza genocide, joining a growing list of leftist South American countries curtailing diplomatic ties with Israel over the war.

Chile announced it was recalling its ambassador on Tuesday and Bolivia said it had severed ties with Israel citing “crimes against humanity”.

“If Israel does not stop the massacre of the Palestinian people we cannot be there,” Colombia’s President Gustavo Petro wrote on social media platform X. 

This comes as several Arab streets are calling for its leaders to end ties with Israel who have killed over 8500 Palestinians in 25 days.

Chilean President Gabriel Boric said his government is recalling its envoy to Israel, Jorge Carvajal, for consultations in light of what Boric said were “unacceptable” violations of international humanitarian law by Israel in the Gaza Strip.

In a post on social media, Boric said his government “strongly condemns” the Israeli offensive in the besieged Palestinian enclave.

The Israeli military’s operations amount to “collective punishment of the Palestinian civilian population”, the Chilean president said.

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