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At UN, India backs creation of independent and democratic Palestinian state

India on Thursday reaffirmed its support for the establishment of an independent and democratic Palestinian state. At a session of the United Nations Security Council, Ministry of External Affairs Secretary (West) Vikas Swarup also called for the resumption of peace talks between Israel and Palestine.

This came over a month after the escalation of tensions between the two sides. At least 232 people, including 67 children, were killed in Gaza till Israel and Palestinian militant group Hamas entered into a ceasefire on May 21, after 11 days of violence.

Swarup raised concerns about the possible renewal of conflict between both the sides. “The launch of incendiary balloons from Gaza targeting civilians in Israel and the retaliatory strikes into Gaza threaten to restart the cycle of violence, which caused immense suffering and resulted in deaths recently,” he said. “We urge all parties to honour the ceasefire arrangement to ensure that the situation does not spiral out of control.”

Swarup added: “The situation in West Bank continues to remain volatile. We are concerned at the potential for renewed violence in East Jerusalem and other parts of West Bank over the legal process that could lead to possible evictions in Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan neighbourhoods in East Jerusalem.”

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