Colombian President Gustavo Petro
Colombian President Gustavo Petro
Colombia has said it would stop its coal exports to the Israeli regime as long as the latter sustained its months-long genocidal war against the Gaza Strip.

"We are going to suspend coal exports to Israel until the genocide stops," Colombian President Gustavo Petro said in a post on X on Saturday.

He also posted a draft decree, which said that coal exports would only resume if the regime complied with a recent order by the International Court of Justice that mandated that Tel Aviv withdraw its troops from the Gaza strip.

Data provided by Colombia's National Statistics Department shows that the exports were worth more than $320 million in the first eight months of the last year.

According to the Colombian government, the export ban will enter into force five days after the decree was published in the official gazette.

On May 1, the Colombian head of state said the country had decided to cut its diplomatic relations with the Israeli regime over the war.

"And we here in front of you, the government of change, the president of the republic informs that tomorrow diplomatic relations" with the Israeli regime "will be cut," he said at the time, adding, "[We cut diplomatic ties] because of them having...a genocidal president."

More than 36,801 Palestinians, most of them women and children, have been killed in the war that began after Al-Aqsa Storm, a retaliatory operation staged by Gaza's resistance groups.