Israel has issued a warning to its citizens, advising them against traveling to the Maldives due to the escalating tensions surrounding its recent actions in the Gaza Strip.
In a statement released by the Israeli foreign ministry, it was noted that the current atmosphere in the Maldives toward Israel has been intensifying. As a result, Israeli citizens are being urged to avoid traveling to the Maldives during this period. The announcement comes amidst growing demands from Maldivians for the government to halt the entry of Israeli citizens into the country.
The Maldives has consistently called on Israel to put an end to its occupation of Palestinian territory and cease its attacks on Gaza. During the second committee meeting of the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the Maldives reiterated its concerns over the situation. The nation expressed that the people of Palestine continue to be trapped in a cycle of despair and destruction, with their very existence, identity, and history constantly under duress. The Maldives reaffirmed its commitment to advocating for peace and security in the region.
The Maldives also raised concerns about Israel’s military order instructing over a million civilians in northern Gaza to relocate to the south, a directive that clearly violates various international laws and Conventions. Consequently, the Maldives joined other international community members in calling for the reversal of this order and the lifting of the blockade, allowing for the delivery of crucial humanitarian aid.
Tensions in the region remain high, and the Maldives has been a vocal advocate for the rights and security of the Palestinian people. The Israeli travel advisory serves as a reflection of the strained relations between the two nations due to the ongoing conflict and its regional implications.