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Government concerned about latest violence in Israeli-Palestinian crisis

Published:Wednesday | May 16, 2018 | 10:12 AM
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade - File photo

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade says Jamaica has been observing, with much concern, the violence that has erupted on the border between Israel and Gaza – the Gaza Strip.

The opening of the U.S. Embassy on Monday was met with mass protests on the Gaza border, where Israeli troops killed nearly 60 Palestinians and over 2,000 others, triggering a wave of international condemnation.

The ministry says the government is deeply troubled by the high death toll and the thousands of injured persons and calls for peaceful engagement by both sides.

"We express deepest sympathy to those affected by the situation and remain hopeful for the attainment of lasting peace and stability for the peoples of the region, through continued dialogue on outstanding issues," the ministry said in a statement.

"This development presents another opportunity to reaffirm Jamaica’s position and our belief that the best solution to the Israeli-Palestinian crisis rests in a negotiated political settlement based on a just and comprehensive agreement that guarantees the security of the State of Israel and provides for a Palestinian State, within internationally recognised borders," it said. 

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