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India Condemns Terrorism and Loss of Civilian Lives in Israel-Hamas Conflict at UN General Assembly

In a significant statement at the UN General Assembly, India condemned both the terrorism involving hostage-taking by Hamas and the substantial civilian casualties in Israel’s retaliation without directly naming either party. India’s Permanent Representative, Ruchira Kamboj, expressed unequivocal condemnation of the terror attacks in Israel on October 7, stating that there can be no justification for terrorism and hostage-taking.

She highlighted India’s zero-tolerance approach to terrorism. While acknowledging the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict and the alarming humanitarian crisis with civilian casualties, especially women and children, Kamboj stressed the unacceptability of such outcomes. India, emphasizing its support for a Two-State Solution, welcomed the humanitarian pause in the conflict, urged the release of remaining hostages, and reiterated its commitment to the Palestinian cause.

Additionally, Kamboj criticized Pakistan’s attempts to link the Palestine issue to Kashmir, expressing India’s position on Kashmir’s irrevocable integration into India. The abstention on a recent UN resolution raised speculation about India’s stance, but Kamboj reaffirmed India’s longstanding support for the Palestinian people and bilateral development partnership.