In separate statements, both the government and the main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) have strongly condemned the recent attack by Israeli forces on Palestinian civilians in Gaza. The brutal attack, which saw over one hundred Palestinian civilians killed and 760 more injured while waiting for humanitarian aid on Thursday, has been labelled a “grave violation of international law” by the government and a “blatant demonstration of Israel’s systematic violation of international law” by the MDP.

The government called for an immediate ceasefire and urged the international community to take decisive action to hold Isreal accountable. It emphasised the tragedy’s severity, highlighting the loss of innocent lives and the critical injuries sustained by many. In the statement, the government reaffirmed its support for the Palestinian people and reiterated its commitment to seeking a just and lasting peace in the region.

Similarly, the MDP highlighted the continuous nature of Israel’s aggressive actions towards the people of Palestine, referencing over 30,000 deaths and the severe impact of humanitarian aid restrictions. The statement pointed out Israel’s non-compliance with the International Court of Justice’s orders, emphasising the urgent need for humanitarian aid, especially with the approach of the holy month of Ramadan. The MDP called for international accountability for Israel, an immediate halt to arms licensing to Israel, and the prioritisation of humanitarian aid to Gaza.

Both statements reflect a united stance from the Maldives against the actions of the Israeli forces, calling for international intervention and support for the Palestinian cause.