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Libya calls for severing ties with Israel's backers amid Gaza onslaught

October 27, 2023 at 2:24 pm

A view of a street filled with debris after the Israeli airstrikes on a building at Nuseirat Refugee Camp in Deir al-Balah, Gaza on October 23, 2023. [Doaa Albaz – Anadolu Agency]

Libya’s High Council of State yesterday called for the severing of relations with countries that support Israel’s bombardment and blockade of the Gaza Strip.

In a statement, the Tripoli-based assembly, which acts as a senate, also called for halting oil exports to backers of the Israeli offensive and boycotting their products.

It did not, however, name any specific countries.

The assembly “reiterates support of the Libyan people for their brothers in Palestine until liberating their land from the brutal Israeli occupation,” the statement said.

It also noted that the lawmakers discussed ways to deliver emergency humanitarian and relief aid to Palestinians in Gaza during an extraordinary session held in Tripoli.

On Wednesday, the Libyan Parliament called for halting oil exports to countries supporting the Israeli air strikes on Gaza.

Israel has launched a relentless bombardment campaign on the Gaza Strip killing more than 7,000 people, mainly civilians. It has also imposed a complete siege on the enclave, banning the entry of water, food, fuel and electricity for three weeks.

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