Why India joined the criticism of Israeli attack on Gaza, know the inside story

Ananya Shroff
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New Delhi : For the first time, India has strongly criticized Israel for the attacks in Gaza. Till now there was no such statement directly from India. However, this issue was raised in the meeting of BRICS countries. In a joint statement issued after this meeting in Russia, BRICS foreign ministers raised questions about Israel's action on Palestine. In the meeting, concern was expressed over the deteriorating situation in the Palestinian territory, especially the increase in violence in the Gaza Strip. As a result, the Israeli military operation led to large-scale displacement of civilians, many people were killed and infrastructure was damaged. This is a disregard of international laws.

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The issue of Gaza Strip violence was raised in BRICS

The BRICS countries expressed grave concern over the unprecedented escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip. India was represented at the meeting by Dammu Ravi, Secretary (Economic Relations), Ministry of External Affairs. In a joint statement following the meeting, the foreign ministers of the BRICS countries called for the effective implementation of UNGA resolutions and UNSC Resolution 2720. They urged for immediate, safe and uninterrupted supply of large-scale humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian civilian population in the Gaza Strip. They also stressed the need for effective implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2728 for an immediate, durable and lasting ceasefire.

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What did the BRICS countries say in the statement

BRICS also discussed Hamas' actions, calling for the immediate and unconditional release of all citizens illegally held hostage. ET has reliably learnt that the presence of three major Arab countries – UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt – besides Iran in BRICS ensured that the group strongly condemns Israel's actions in Gaza. Last year, BRICS was expanded and now includes UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Ethiopia and Iran.

India has already reacted to Israel's action

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal had also earlier reacted to Israel's action. In a statement issued on May 30, India had said that the heartbreaking deaths in the displaced camps in Rafah are a matter of deep concern. India has always appealed for the protection of innocent civilians and respect for international humanitarian law. The Israeli side has already acknowledged it as a tragic incident and has also announced an investigation into the incident.

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Now the BRICS foreign ministers expressed grave concern over the increasing attacks by Israel on Rafah. They condemned the Israeli military operation in Rafah and its consequences, which directly affect the lives of ordinary people. They warned of the implications of escalating tensions in the rest of the Middle East region. Acknowledged the measures of the International Court of Justice in the legal action initiated against Israel by South Africa. The ministers expressed grave concern over Israel's continued blatant disregard for international law, the UN Charter, UN resolutions and court orders. The ministers reaffirmed their support for Palestine's full membership in the UN and reiterated their unwavering commitment to the vision of a two-state solution based on international law. BRICS comprises Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

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