The Government of Maldives has strongly condemned the recent violent attacks carried out in the West Bank city and camp of Jenin by Israel, resulting in numerous deaths and injuries to innocent Palestinian civilians.
The statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Maldives read that the Maldives remains deeply concerned by the disproportionate and excessive use of force by Israel on unarmed civilians, including women and children in the occupied Palestinian territories.
The Ministry also expressed heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims of the Israeli aggression in the Jenin refugee camp, and wished a swift recovery for the injured on behalf of the Government and people of Maldives.
Furthermore, the Government reiterated its firm position that finding long-lasting peace in the Middle East, rests with reaching a comprehensive agreement on a two-state solution, with the establishment of an independent and sovereign State of Palestine, based on the 1967 borders and with East Jerusalem as its capital.
Foreign Ministry concluded the statement by reiterating that the Government and people of Maldives stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people, in their legitimate struggle for self-determination.
Ten Palestinians were killed on 26 January, one of the deadliest days in the occupied West Bank since Israeli raids intensified at the start of last year.
The Ministry of Health of Palestine disclosed that nine of the Palestinians killed were in the Jenin refugee camp, after Israeli forces raided the area.
The other Palestinian, a 22-year-old man, was shot by Israeli forces in the town of al-Ram, north of Jerusalem.
Earlier this month, on 18 January 2023 Maldives made the statement that, Israel should be held accountable for their blatant violations of international laws, at the United Nations Security Council's Open Debate on ‘the Situation in the Middle East Including the Palestinian Question’.
Representing the Maldives at the UNSC, Deputy Permanent Representative of Maldives, Dr. Ibrahim Zuhuree in his statement alerted that on 3rd January, Itamar Ben-Gvir, the recently appointed Israeli National Security Minister, stormed the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque with a large contingent of forces and noted that forceful entry violates all norms, escalates tension around the Holy Sites, provokes violence, and threatens to change the identity and legal and historic status quo of Al-Haram Al-Sharif.
DPR Zuhuree stated that Israeli actions, in occupied territories, violate international and humanitarian law and threaten the peace and security of the Middle East.
He remarked that the people of Palestine have been suffering under Israeli occupation despite several Security Council resolutions and despite broad international condemnation and went on to say that it is critical that the perpetrators of blatant violations of international law and international humanitarian law are held accountable for their actions.