Maldives condemns deadly attack on Jenin refugee camp

Israeli military vehicles are seen during clashes with Palestinian militants in the West Bank city of Jenin Monday, June 19, 2023. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

The Maldivian government has issued a statement, condemning the deadly raid on a refugee camp in Jenin, a city in Palestine’s West Bank.

Israeli forces raided the Jenin refugee camp on early Monday morning, killing five Palestinians and wounding at least 91.

The Foreign Ministry said in a statement Monday night that the Maldivian government “strongly condemns” the violent attacks.

“The government and people of Maldives express heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims of the Israeli aggression and wish a swift recovery for the injured,” reads the statement.

Palestinians take cover during fighting between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants outside of a hospital in the West Bank city of Jenin, Monday, June 19, 2023. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Foreign Ministry said 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 Maldives reiterated its position that finding long-lasting peace in the Middle East, rests with reaching a two-State solution, with the establishment of an independent and sovereign State of Palestine, based on the pre-1967 borders and with East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.

“The government and people of Maldives stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people, in their legitimate struggle for self-determination,” said the Foreign Ministry.

Mourners carry the body of 15-year-old Ahmed Saqr, killed in fighting between Palestinian militants and Israeli forces, in the West Bank city of Jenin, Monday, June 19, 2023. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

One of the Palestinians killed in the attack on the refugee camp is a 15-year-old boy.

The Palestinian Health Ministry identified those killed as Khaled Asasa, 21, Qassam Abu Sariya, 29, Qais Jabarin, 21, Ahmed Daraghmeh, 19, and 15-year-old Ahmed Saqr. Of the 91 Palestinians wounded, at least 12 are in critical condition, including a 15-year-old girl.