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“Heartbreaking,” India expresses concern over civilian killings in Rafah, reaffirms Palestinian statehood

India has expressed concern over the loss of Palestinian civilian lives in Rafah during Israel’s relentless bombarding.

“The heartbreaking loss of civilian lives in the displacement camp in Rafah is a matter of deep concern for India,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said.

Briefing media in New Delhi on Thursday, he said, India has consistently called for the protection of the civilian population and respect for international humanitarian law in the ongoing conflict. 

As Hindu nationalist voices run a campaign on social media platforms spreading hate against Palestinians and justifying Israel’s genocidal war, this statement comes as a reaffirmation of India’s long-standing diplomatic position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

When asked about the coordinated decision by Spain, Ireland, and Norway to formally recognise Palestine, Jaiswal said, “As you are aware, India was one of the first countries to recognise the state of Palestine in the late 1980s, and we have long supported a two-state solution which entails the establishment of a sovereign, viable, and independent state of Palestine within recognised and mutually agreed borders, living side by side with Israel in peace.”

Within the last 72 hours, more than 75 Palestinians have been killed in Rafah, where more than half of the total Gazan population is sheltered due to displacement caused by Israel’s carpet bombing.

According to Gaza’s Ministry of Health, 36,224 Palestinians have been killed, and 81,777 injured in Israel’s ongoing genocide in Gaza started on October 7


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