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Belize severs ties with Israel over Gaza invasion

Bolivia broke relations with Israel on November 1, while Colombia, Chile and Honduras have recalled their ambassadors.

Belize on Tuesday suspended diplomatic relations with Israel, becoming the second Latin American nation to sever ties in the wake of its military offensive in Gaza, the government said.

Citing what it called “unceasing indiscriminate bombing” in Gaza, Belmopan withdrew its welcome to the Israeli ambassador, Einat Kranz-Neiger, and announced it had withdrawn the request for accreditation of its honorary consul in Tel Aviv.

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Since October 7, “Israel has consistently violated international law,” a Belize statement said.

Bolivia broke relations with Israel on November 1, while Colombia, Chile and Honduras have recalled their ambassadors.

An attack by Hamas militants on October 7 left some 1,200 people dead, mostly civilians, Israel says.

About 240 hostages were also seized and taken back to Gaza, Israel says.

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In response Israel launched a relentless bombardment and ground invasion of Gaza, killing 11,320 people, also mostly civilians and including thousands of children, according to health officials in the Hamas-run territory.