MEA calls Israeli attack in Rafah 'Heartbreaking', know what is the stand on Palestine


On India's position regarding the recognition of Palestine by Ireland, Norway, and Spain, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said that as you know, India was one of the first countries to recognize the State of Palestine in the late 1980s and we have long been supporting the two-state solution.

India termed the death of civilians in the Israeli attack in the southern Gaza city of Rafah as "heartbreaking". Along with this, called for respecting the international humanitarian law going on in Gaza. 45 people were killed in Rafah, Gaza in an airstrike on May 26. Most of them were taking shelter in tents. This attack is being criticized all over the world. Some close allies of Israel have also criticized the attack on Rafah.

Responding to a question asked in this regard on Thursday, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said that the death of civilians in the displacement camp in Rafah is sad, which is a matter of deep concern for us. He said that in the ongoing conflict, we have called upon everyone to respect the safety of civilians and international humanitarian law.

Randhir Jaiswal said that we also see that the Israeli side has already accepted it as a tragic incident and announced an investigation into the incident. On Ireland, Spain, and Norway recognizing Palestine amid the conflict, Randhir Jaiswal said that India had done so in the 1980s.

India said this about Palestine

Randhir Jaiswal said that India had recognized Palestine in the 1980s itself. It has been our long-standing stance that we support a two-nation solution, which includes the establishment of a sovereign and independent Palestinian state within recognized and viable, mutually agreed borders. They can live in peace with Israel.

Israel continues its military offensive in Gaza as a retaliation for the unprecedented attack on Israeli cities by Hamas on October 7.

There is an ongoing war between Hamas and Israel

Hamas has killed about 1,200 people in Israel and kidnapped more than 220 people, some of whom were released during a brief ceasefire.

According to Hamas-run authorities in Gaza, more than 35,000 people have been killed in Gaza in the Israeli offensive.

India is calling for de-escalation of the situation and creating conditions for an early resumption of direct peace talks towards a two-nation solution to the Palestine issue.