Malaysia bans Israeli-flagged ships from entering port in response to Gaza war | Malaysia-Israel Gaza War News

The prime minister said Israel’s actions “violate international law through ongoing genocide and atrocities against the Palestinian people.”

Malaysia banned all Israeli-flagged cargo ships from entering its port in response to the Gaza war, accusing Israel of violating international law through “genocide and atrocities against the Palestinian people.”

On Wednesday, Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim announced his decision to impose a maritime embargo on Israeli-linked vessels, citing Israel’s largest shipping company ZIM, amid growing alarm over the disruption to global shipping caused by attacks on red-light cargo ships. announced. Ocean.

Anwar said in a statement that ships bound for Israel will be prohibited from immediately loading cargo at any port in the Southeast Asian country.

Malaysia, where about 60 percent of the population is Muslim, does not maintain diplomatic relations with Israel and advocates a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“The Malaysian government has decided to block and disallow Israeli-based shipping company ZIM from entering Malaysian ports,” Anwar said.

The restrictions are a response to “Israel’s actions that disregard fundamental humanitarian principles and violate international law through ongoing genocide and atrocities against the Palestinian people.”

Malaysia also decided to “no longer accept vessels flying the Israeli flag” and banned “vessels bound for Israel from loading cargo at Malaysian ports.”

“All of these restrictions come into effect immediately,” the Prime Minister said.

Malaysia has donated millions of dollars in aid to Gaza, and Mr. Anwar has been a vocal supporter of the Palestinian cause and condemned Israel’s bombing of Gaza since October 7.

At least 19,667 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli attacks since the war began in October. The death toll from Hamas attacks on Israel that triggered the current conflict has reached nearly 1,140.

Kuala Lumpur has a long-standing relationship with Hamas.

Malaysia’s ban comes amid major disruption to the world’s major east-west trade route, with Red Sea routes at risk from attacks by Yemen’s Houthi rebels.

The Red Sea is connected to the Mediterranean Sea by the Suez Canal, creating the shortest shipping route between Europe and Asia. Approximately 12% of the world’s shipping traffic passes through the canal.

Container ships sailing in these waters have had their tracking systems turned off or are stranded as companies attempt to reroute or adjust prices. The United States this week announced the creation of a multinational force to protect trade in the Red Sea after Houthi attacks forced many shipping companies to suspend operations.

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