The Maldives has condemned the Israeli Government’s threats to launch a full-scale invasion of Rafah City in the Southern Gaza strip - the final refuge for millions of Palestinians displaced due to the ongoing disproportionate military aggression in Gaza by the Israeli forces.

In a statement, the Foreign Ministry said that the forced displacement and inhumane attacks against innocent Palestinians and the obstruction of humanitarian assistance by the Israeli occupation forces are against international laws and regulations and tantamount to war crimes.

It called on the international community to take decisive action to prevent the continuation of the genocidal acts of the Israeli forces, pressure Israeli authorities to abide by the order of provisional measures of the International Court of Justice of 26 January 2024 to take measures to prevent any acts of genocide, to establish an immediate ceasefire and to ensure uninterrupted delivery of humanitarian assistance to Palestine.

The Ministry said that the Government and the people of Maldives remain in solidarity with the people of Palestine and reaffirm its commitment and support for Palestine’s legitimate right to Statehood through the establishment of a sovereign Palestinian State based on the pre-1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The Ministry of Health in Gaza said that at least 50 people were killed as Israeli planes and ships bombarded Rafah overnight.

Israel is targeting hospitals and other places where thousands have sought shelter from the non-stop barrage of bombing by the zionist nation since last October.