Rabat - Morocco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs denounced Israel's violent attacks against unarmed Palestinians following deadly clashes near the Gaza border. Israeli soldiers responded to the large demonstrations with live fire.
Rabat – Morocco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs denounced Israel’s violent attacks against unarmed Palestinians following deadly clashes near the Gaza border. Israeli soldiers responded to the large demonstrations with live fire.
The violent attacks against Palestinians have so far claimed the lives of at least 16 people and wounded more than 1,400.
In response to the violent reaction from Israeli troops in the Gaza Strip, the Moroccan ministry wrote in a statement that “the Kingdom denounces the Israeli occupation forces’ use of excessive force, ignoring the peaceful nature of the demonstrations.” The statement emphasized that the situation in the region “requires stability and restraint away from any act of violence or escalation.”
According to the same statement, Morocco reiterates its support for the Palestinian Authority under the leadership of President Mahmoud Abbas and its solidarity with the Palestinian people as they pursue their legitimate rights including the establishment of an independent state with Al Quds East as its capital.
On March 27, Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita paid an official visit to Palestine where he met with the Palestinian leader and other officials at the headquarters of the Palestinian Authority.
The Palestinian president added that Bourita’s visit reaffirms the deep ties of fraternity between the two nations. Bourita, whose visit was at Abbas’ invitation, stressed the importance of visiting Palestine to reaffirm Morocco’s firm position and its unwavering support and solidarity with the Palestinian leadership and people.
Israel’s violent attacks in Gaza led to an emergency UN Security Council meeting on Friday, just hours after the violent clashes. During the meeting, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for “an independent and transparent investigation” into one of the bloodiest clashes in Gaza since the 2014 cross-border war between Israel and Hamas, according to spokesman Farhan Haq.
Other UN members have also expressed their concern on the current situation in Gaza, noting that the risk of escalation is very real.
Abbas declared in a statement that Israel was responsible for the violence and declared Saturday a national day of mourning.