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South Africa warns of escalating Mideast conflict
The South African government has voiced its concern that the current Middle East conflict could soon escalate to a regional war, and criticised Israel's "collective punishment" of its neighbours. The foreign affairs department said on Monday: "The collective punishment of the Israeli government against the Palestinian and Lebanese people is contrary to international law and the Geneva Convention."
Such military attacks against civilian targets in densely populated areas and the massive destruction of infrastructure were unprecedented in recent times. Inkatha Freedom Party foreign affairs spokesperson Ben Skosana added his party's concern on Monday."The boundless eccentric militancy displayed by all parties in the Middle East conflict has now become the nemesis of the nations of that region, including some member states of the European Union (EU).