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Bolivia severs diplomatic ties with Israel over Gaza war

Bolivia has become the first Latin American country to cut diplomatic ties with Israel over what it describes as "aggressive and disproportionate" military actions in Gaza.

The country called for a ceasefire and said it would be supplying the blockaded Gaza Strip with aid.

An Israeli official said the move was "a surrender to terrorism".

Lior Haiat accused the Bolivian government of "aligning itself with the Hamas terrorist organization".

Bolivia's Deputy Foreign Minister Freddy Mamani said that the government had taken the decision to cut ties "in repudiation and condemnation of the aggressive and disproportionate Israeli military offensive taking place in the Gaza Strip".

He added that the country wanted an end to Israel's blockade that was preventing "the entry of food, water and other essential elements for life".

Gaza has been under an Israeli siege for weeks, with essential aid only reaching people through Egypt's Rafah crossing sporadically.

"Israel condemns Bolivia's support of terrorism and its submission to the Iranian regime, which attest to the values the government of Bolivia represents," Mr Haiat said in response.


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