India has firmly denounced all acts of aggression and provocation in the Gaza conflict, calling for an immediate cease-fire and urging Israel and the Palestinian Authority to resume talks to find a long-term solution.
During an open debate at the UN Security Council early Monday, India’s ambassador to the UN, TS Tirumurti, outlined the country’s stance, saying both sides should exercise extreme restraint and refrain from acts that escalate tensions.
Given its close links with both Israel and Arab states, as well as its long-standing support for a two-state solution, which Tirumurti reaffirmed, India has taken a cautious stance as the conflict has escalated in recent days.
Israeli air strikes on Gaza killed 42 Palestinians on Sunday, according to Palestinian officials, making it the deadliest day since the current fighting started. Over the past week, Hamas militants are said to have launched over 3,000 missiles, according to Israel’s army.