Several Johannesburg buildings, including the Ponte Tower building, were illuminated with the Israeli flag on Thursday evening amid the ongoing war between Israel and the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.
The war has already claimed thousands of lives on both sides.
“The Johannesburg night sky is lit up in support of Israel,” writes the organization South African Friends of Israel (Safi) on social media.
— South African Friends of Israel (@MZANSIISRAEL) October 12, 2023
It has been almost a week since Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel and Israel’s retaliatory campaign continues.
On Friday, the Israeli army asked all residents of Gaza City to evacuate their homes and go south of the area “for their safety”.
However, the United Nations (UN) says the mass transfer of 1.1 million people in the north of Gaza to the south of the enclave is “impossible”. The UN heard about the directive shortly before midnight and is urgently calling for it to be revoked.
“The Hamas terrorist organization is waging a war against the State of Israel and Gaza City is an area where military operations are taking place,” reads the announcement from the Israeli army.
The army warns that it will launch attacks in Gaza City in the coming days, but will do everything in its power to avoid civilian targets.
“Hamas terrorists are hiding in Gaza City in tunnels under houses and buildings populated with innocent civilians. You will only be able to return to Gaza City when another announcement is made allowing it.
“Do not approach the area at the security fence with the State of Israel.”
Hamas had earlier threatened to kill hostages if Israel bombed civilian targets in Gaza without prior warning.
Israel has already cut off all water, food and power supplies to Gaza in a siege it has vowed will not end until all hostages are freed.
“Humanitarian aid to Gaza? “No electrical switch will be turned on, no water faucet will be turned on and no fuel truck will enter until the Israeli abductees have returned home,” said Israeli Energy Minister Israel Katz.
Beautiful scenes in the city of Johannesburg, South Africa!
— Sihle Ngobese (@BigDaddyLiberty) October 12, 2023