Colombia suspends coal sales to Israel

Colombian President Gustavo Petro has announced that his country will soon stop exporting coal to Israel while the war in Gaza lasts, AFP reports.

"We will stop exporting coal to Israel until the genocide stops," this leftist leader wrote on the social network X.

In May, Petro - who described the Israeli campaign in Gaza as "genocidal" - announced that Colombia would sever ties with Israel over the conflict and open an embassy in Ramallah in the Palestinian territories.

He also said that Bogotá would stop buying weapons made by Israel, one of the main suppliers to the South American country's security forces.

According to the Colombian government, the ban on coal exports will take effect five days after the decree is published in the official gazette and will not affect goods that have already been authorized for shipment. | BGNES