Mauritania has ordered the Israeli embassy staff to leave the country within 48 hours, after severing ties with Tel Aviv over the Gaza siege.
â€œThe Mauritanian authorities have given staff at the Israeli embassy in Nouakchott 48 hours to leave the country,â€ a foreign ministry statement said on Friday. The announcement follows a January 16 decision by Mauritaniaâ€™s military ruler General Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, to freeze relations with Tel Aviv at a summit of Arab nations in Doha, Qatar.
Reports confirmed that the embassy has been closed, as staff were seen leaving the building at Nouakchott.
Relations between Tel Aviv and Mauritania — which is one of the three Arab countries to have full diplomatic ties with Israel — were severely strained after Israel launched a three-week-long military offensive against the Gaza Strip in December.
Venezuela and Bolivia had earlier severed diplomatic ties with Tel Aviv expelling Israeli ambassadors to their countries.
Israelâ€™s deadly war wreaked havoc on the coastal sliver leaving over 1,330 Palestinians dead and 5,450 others wounded — a large number of them women and children.