The leader of the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), Fayyaz Ismail, has urged the Maldivian government to push for the enforcement of the United Nations top court’s order on Israel. The court, responding to a South African request, called for the halting of Israel’s military offensive in Rafah.

In a social media post, the chairperson of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), Ismail, welcomed the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) order. He urged the government to exert pressure for its effective implementation, emphasising its significance as a triumph for the Palestinian people and the Muslim Ummah.

The MDP also welcomed the ICJ’s order against Israel. In a statement, the MDP urged the international community to ensure the enforcement of the ICJ’s ruling, emphasising respect for the court order and calling for an end to Israel’s actions in the Palestinian Territories.

“This presents a pivotal moment to oppose Israel’s actions. The party urges the complete enforcement of resolutions and orders issued by international institutions against Israel,” the statement reads.

President Muizzu also posted on social media, expressing the Maldives’ support for the ICJ’s ruling on Israel’s offensive in Rafah, as requested by South Africa. He emphasised, “Israel must adhere to this ruling and immediately cease the unspeakable acts of brutality in Rafah. It must also open the Rafah crossing to allow the safe passage of humanitarian aid.”

Reading out a ruling by the World Court, the body’s president, Nawaf Salam, emphasised the urgency of the situation in Gaza, stating that Israel must immediately cease its military operation in Rafah.

This ruling comes amid increasing international pressure on Israel, with Norway, Ireland, and Spain expressing intent to recognise a Palestinian state and the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) seeking arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for war crimes.

Since 7 October 2023, Israel has killed 35,903 Palestinians, most of them women and children, and wounded 80,420 others in Gaza. Furthermore, nearly 75 percent of Gaza’s civilian infrastructure has been destroyed, and essential aid has been blocked, pushing the 2.5 million residents to starvation.