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Palestinians gather at the site of an Israeli strike on a house in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, February 12, 2024. — Picture by REUTERS

Malaysia condemns massive Israeli attack in Rafah

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 12 — Malaysia condemns in the strongest terms the large-scale offensive in Rafah where millions of displaced civilians are seeking refuge.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Wisma Putra) stated that the inhumane assault would worsen the current humanitarian catastrophe, exacerbate tension in the region, and further derail efforts towards immediate cessation of hostilities and permanent ceasefire.

“Malaysia demands Israel to immediately desist and abide by its obligations under international law,” said the statement on Monday.

Wisma Putra emphasised that the dastardly military operation clearly vindicates the key goal of the Zionist regime to annihilate the Palestinians from their own land.

It also clearly shows the Zionist regime’s blatant disregard for fundamental principles of international law and a clear contempt of the rulings by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on January 26, 2024, on the six provisional measures.

“The international community cannot let this belligerent act by one of its members continue without impunity,” Wisma Putra stated.

According to Wisma Putra, Malaysia echoes the calls by the United Nations Secretary-General for an immediate halt to the vile plan and urges the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to take swift and decisive action to stop the massacre being perpetrated by the Zionist regime.

“This includes compelling responsible members of the international community to suspend support to the regime,” it added.

Wisma Putra stated Malaysia’s resolute support and solidarity with the Palestinian people remain unwavering, including towards their right to self-determination, the establishment of an independent and sovereign State of Palestine, based on pre-1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, and accepted as a full member of the UN.

Palestinian news agency Wafa reported that the Israeli attack on Rafah early Monday morning killed more than 100 civilians, including women and children, with hundreds more injured.

About 1.4 million Palestinians are now in Rafah after the Israeli military forced a mass displacement of residents from the north to the south of Gaza.

— Bernama

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