Statements

Statement by the Government of Maldives on Israel’s military aggression against the innocent civilians in Gaza

The Government of the Republic of Maldives once again strongly condemns the ongoing Israeli military aggression against innocent civilians in the Gaza Strip and the Israeli military demand that 1.2 million civilians in northern Gaza relocate to its south within 24 hours. Absent of any guarantees of safety or return this would amount to the war crime of forcible transfer. It must be reversed.

The indiscriminate attacks are already claiming the lives of hundreds of innocent civilian Palestinians, including women and children, and wounding thousands more. The attacks have further destroyed critical infrastructure, including hospitals and schools, United Nations facilities, residential buildings, and places of worship. 

The Government of the Republic of Maldives considers these deliberate acts of aggression against the innocent civilian population of Palestine a blatant disregard and violation of international humanitarian law, tantamount to a war crime.

The Government of Maldives calls on the international community to use all possible measures  to stop the ongoing inhumane attacks against the innocent civilians in Palestine, and to ensure the opening of humanitarian corridors to facilitate the urgent delivery of medicines, food supplies and basic needs to the Gaza Strip.

The Government and people of Maldives reiterate their commitment and unconditional support to the Palestinian people in their legitimate pursuit to attain their inalienable rights, including the right to self-determination.

The Government of Maldives believes that a lasting and sustainable solution to the conflict, can only be possible through the establishment of an independent and sovereign Palestinian State based on the pre-1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

ENDS

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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