The request for a quick and permanent humanitarian ceasefire between Israeli forces and Hamas in Gaza was reaffirmed by the Federal Government of Nigeria on Saturday.
More than 7,000 people were murdered in Gaza as a result of the retaliatory strike by Hamas forces on October 7, which also claimed at least 1,400 lives in Israel.
International humanitarian law and human rights are important principles that prioritize protecting civilians’ safety and well-being even during times of war. The Foreign Government (FG) urged sides in the conflict to follow these values in a statement signed by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Yusuf Tuggar.
Nigeria also urged Israel “to grant humanitarian access to the millions of people that have been displaced since the crisis broke,” according to the statement sent by Nigeria.
The humanitarian crisis in Gaza has been made worse by shortages of food, gasoline, water, and medical supplies.
In order to end the violence, the minister urged all sides to consent to a truce right now and start diplomatic talks.
The safety and well-being of civilians must come first for all parties, and they both need to act with extreme caution. By all means, indiscriminate strikes that cause deaths among civilians must be prevented.
“The Nigerian people pray for those who have lost their lives in the conflict, for the families who have suffered material and human losses, and for those who are still recovering from injuries.”
In conclusion, Tugba said, “The Federal Government of Nigeria is once again reiterating its call for a quick de-escalation of hostilities by both sides and a return to the negotiating table to continue the search for peaceful resolutions and the implementation of the two-state solution as a permanent settlement of the inter-generational cycle of violence.”
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