Moscow, Nov 9: The Malaysian police are ready to deploy officers to Palestine for a peacekeeping mission if the UN requests it, Inspector General Tan Sri Razarudin Husain said.
“If we want to send policemen, there needs to be a request from the government and the United Nations Interim Force (UNIFIL). If there is, we will indeed send them for a peacekeeping mission, but the situation does not allow it at the moment,” Razarudin was quoted as saying by Malaysian state news agency Bernama on Wednesday.
The official added that the Malaysian police were not aware of any civilians willing to travel to the area of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The authorities also warned citizens to be cautious and vigilant when sending aid to the Gaza Strip to avoid being scammed.
The police are now looking into public statements on the conflict in the Middle East over possible links with the activities of foreign intelligence agents in the country, the inspector general said.
On October 7, Palestinian group Hamas launched a surprise attack against Israel from Gaza, killing and abducting people in neighboring Israeli communities. Israel retaliated with missile strikes and a complete blockade of the Gaza Strip, home to more than 2 million people. On October 27, Israel launched a large-scale ground incursion into Gaza with the declared goal of eliminating Hamas and rescuing the hostages.
The escalation of the conflict has resulted in the deaths of around 1,400 people in Israel and over 10,000 in the Gaza Strip. (UNI)