The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said Nigeria is observing the conflict between Israeli and Palestine forces with “great concern”.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by Ferdinand Nwonye, the ministry’s spokesperson on Thursday.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to state that the Federal Government of Nigeria is watching with great concern, the unfolding developments in Israel and the State of Palestine and urges both parties to see reason and de-escalate the hostilities.
“The Nigerian Government further urges the two parties to remain committed to the two-state solution and, in the meantime, guarantee the rights of all citizens to live in peace and dignity,” the statement partly read.
Israel and Palestine forces have clashed since Monday, resulting in the deaths of at least 65 Palestinians, including 16 children, and seven in Israel.
The violence was triggered by weekend unrest at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound, which is sacred to both Muslims and Jews.
The heightened conflict is not unconnected with the clash between Israeli police and Palestinians over the looming evictions of Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of East Jerusalem.
Israel deployed additional troops to Gaza’s border on Thursday in preparation for an imminent incursion.