Venezuela severs ties with Israel over Gaza

January 15, 2009 02:50

Venezuela has broken off diplomatic relations with Israel to protest its military offensive in Gaza. The decision by President Hugo Chavez's socialist government comes more than a week after it expelled the Israeli ambassador in Caracas and seven embassy staff members. A Foreign Ministry statement said Wednesday that Venezuela "has decided to break off diplomatic relations with the state of Israel given the inhumane persecution of the Palestinian people."

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