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Violence in Gaza of grave concern, says India, calls for talks between Israel and Palestine

Violence in Gaza of grave concern, says India, calls for talks between Israel and Palestine

At a United Nations Security Council meeting on Monday, India called for resuming dialogue between Israel and Palestine, hours after a fresh round of attack on Gaza by security forces of Tel Aviv ended in a ceasefire.

The emergency meeting of the UN body was convened after three days of Israeli air raids on Palestine. At least 44 Palestinians, including several civilians and 15 children, were killed in the bombings that started on Friday, Al Jazeera reported, citing Gaza’s health ministry.

Israel said it launched the pre-emptive strikes anticipating what it claimed would have been an attack by the Iran-backed Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad. Late on Sunday, the two sides reached a truce brokered by Egypt even as the bombings had nearly ceased by then already, according to Reuters.

At the UN Security Council meeting on Monday, India said it was a matter of “grave concern” that the violence continued in Gaza despite diplomatic parleys. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ruchira Khamboj thanked the Egyptian government in particular for its role in negotiating the ceasefire.

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