Colombia to suspend coal sales to Israel over Gaza war

AFP , Saturday 8 Jun 2024

Colombian President Gustavo Petro announced Saturday that his government will suspend coal exports to Israel while it continues to wage its bloodiest-ever war against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

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File photo: Colombian President Gustavo Petro delivers a speech during a military ceremony at the Military School of Cadets General Jose Maria Cordova in Bogota on May 31, 2024. AFP


"We are going to suspend coal exports to Israel until the genocide stops," the Colombian leader wrote on X.

In May, Petro -- who describes Israel's actions in Gaza as "genocidal" -- announced Colombia would sever ties with Israel and open an embassy in Ramallah in the Palestinian territories.

He also said that Bogota would stop purchasing weapons made by Israel, one of the main suppliers of the South American country's security forces.

According to the Colombian government, the coal export ban will enter into force five days after the decree published in the official gazette and will not affect goods that have already been authorized for shipment.

Israel's relentless bombardment and ground invasion have killed 36,801 Palestinians and wounded more than 80,000 others, mostly women and children, according to the Gaza health ministry.

Israel's siege has pushed the 2.4 million population to the brink of famine, with people in north Gaza already living under "famine-like conditions."

*This story was edited by Ahram Online

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