Israel-Hamas war: India calls for immediate release of Israeli hostages, de-escalation
PTC News Desk: In the midst of the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict, India called for the immediate and unconditional release of hostages, as well as a de-escalation of the situation in order to resume direct peace talks toward a two-state solution.
According to Arindam Bagchi, a spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs, India has expressed concern about the rising death toll of civilians during conflict.
"We (India) made our position very clear on multiple occasions during the UNGA debate. We have strongly condemned the horrific attack on Israel, urged the need for zero tolerance for terrorism and called for the immediate and unconditional release of hostages," he said.
Bagchi reiterated India's support for a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict, saying, "We have also conveyed our deep concern at the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and the increasing civilian toll and welcomed efforts to de-escalate the situation and provide humanitarian assistance. We have also urged the parties to de-escalate violence and work towards creating conditions for early resumption of direct peace negotiations towards a two-state solution."
While speaking at the MEA weekly press briefing, he also mentioned India's humanitarian assistance to war-torn Gaza and stated that India has also requested both sides involved in the conflict to de-escalate the situation.
"India has also sent 38 tonnes of humanitarian relief material. We have emphasised strict observance of international humanitarian law," MEA spokesperson said.
Notably, India sent essential life-saving medicines as well as protective and surgical items aimed at dealing with emergency medical conditions to the people of Palestine. Wound care was also considered when arranging the medical supplies.
For immediate relief, fluids and painkillers have been included in humanitarian aid. Tents, sleeping bags, tarpaulins, basic sanitary utilities, water purification tablets, and other items weigh approximately 32 tons.