The Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government has asked Israel and the State of Palestine to both de-escalate hostilities.
This was made known in a statement by the spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ferdinand Nwonye.
The Nigerian government urged both parties to remain committed to the two-state solution and to ensure that all citizens live in peace and dignity.
The statement read, “The Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to state that the Federal Government of Nigeria is watching with great concern the unfolding developments with Israel and the State of Palestine and urges both parties to see reason and de-escalate the hostilities.
“The Federal 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 military escalation between Hamas and Israel intensified on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday with a rain of rockets launched by the Islamist movement on the Israeli metropolis Tel Aviv and a deluge of fire from the Israeli army on the strip of Gaza.
The international community has called for calm and Muslim countries have expressed outrage at the worst outbreak of violence in years between the ruling Islamist movement in the Gaza Strip and the Hebrew state, sparked by clashes in Jerusalem.
On the Palestinian side, Israeli attacks carried out with fighter jets and helicopter gunships have left at least 32 dead, including ten children, and at least 220 injured, according to the Ministry of Health in Gaza.