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Updated November 17th, 2023 at 19:56 IST

India reiterates condemnation against attacks on civilians amid Israel-Hamas war, need for more aid

During the weekly media briefing, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi shared India's stance on the current Israel-Hamas war.

Saumya Joshi
MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi
MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi | Image:MEA
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During the weekly media briefing on Thursday, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi shared India's stance on the current Israel-Hamas war. Bagchi reiterated, "India has always underlined the need for civilian casualties to be avoided, for humanitarian law to be observed, and of course to encourage any efforts to provide humanitarian relief to those caught in the conflict." Further, he added, ‘’This is not about one specific facility, this is the issues."

The larger issue of efforts to de-escalate the situation and deliver humanitarian assistance was discussed. Concerns about the increasing civilian toll on the humanitarian front were raised. India earlier sent 38 tonnes of humanitarian relief material, and there is a commitment to sending more assistance, the External Affairs Ministry spokesperson stressed. The Ministry of External Affairs strongly condemned the horrific terrorist attack on October 7th, and emphasised zero tolerance for terrorism and the need for the immediate and unconditional release of hostages.

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Earlier, the horrific attack on Israel by Hamas, a declared militant group that administers the Gaza Strip, has been condemned by MEA. The firm position in favour of a two-state solution amid the conflict over the Palestine issue has been reiterated. India's concern over civilian casualties and the humanitarian situation during the ongoing Israel-Hamas war has been expressed, and the international community is urged to stand together in combating terrorism in all its forms.

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Biden on Israel-Hamas conflict

At the news conference after meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, President Joe Biden stated that he believes Israel's war against Hamas will only stop when the militant group's ability to kill and injure Israelis is degraded, reported AP. He also mentioned urging Israel to exercise caution during military operations in Gaza's largest hospital, Al-Shifa Hospital, which Israel claims Hamas uses as a military complex. Both Hamas and hospital officials deny this claim. Biden maintained that the only ultimate answer to the situation is a two-state solution with Israel and Palestinians living side by side.
 

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Published November 17th, 2023 at 19:56 IST

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