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India co-signs BRICS statement that decries Israel’s ‘blatant disregard of international law’ in Gaza
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India co-signs BRICS statement that decries Israel’s ‘blatant disregard of international law’ in Gaza

New Delhi: India has given its stamp of approval to a joint statement by BRICS foreign ministers that is critical of Israel’s actions in Gaza and its “disregard of international law”.The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has so far not used terms such as “occupied Palestinian territory” and “Israel’s blatant disregard of international law” in its statements about the war, as it has tried to maintain a delicate balancing act between Israel and Palestine since last October. When the war first broke out, Narendra Modi — the first ever Indian PM to visit Israel — condemned the 7 October attack by Hamas and expressed solidarity with Israel. It set India apart from reactions in the ‘Global South’, and hewed closer to the position of the US and other G7 countries at the time. Five days later,...
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UN Security Council Backs US-Proposed Israel-Gaza Ceasefire Plan, Hamas Welcomes Move

The United Nations Security Council has backed a US-proposed Israel Gaza ceasefire plan which sets out conditions for a "full and complete ceasefire". The proposal also calls for the release of hostages held by Hamas and the return of dead hostages' remains and the exchange of Palestinian prisoners.  The US-drafted resolution was backed by 14 of the 15 Security Council members with Russia abstaining, reported BBC.  As per the resolution, Israel has accepted the ceasefire proposal and has urged Hamas to agree to it too. With voting in favour of the resolution, the Security Council has joined a number of governments, as well as the G7 group of the world's richest nations in backing the three-phase resoution which was unveiled by US President Joe Biden on M...
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‘Highest in 24-hour period’: Palestinian death toll in hostage rescue raid rises to 274, Gaza ministry says – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Israeli forces on Sunday launched a new assault on central Gaza, a day after a hostage rescue operation in Rafah that resulted in the deaths of 274 Palestinians, and tanks advanced into further areas of Rafah, aiming to isolate a section of the southern city, according to residents and Hamas media.Highest in 24-hour periodPalestinian medics reported that the death toll from Saturday's operation was the highest over a 24-hour period in the Gaza war for months, with many casualties being women and children. Gaza's health ministry updated the figures on Sunday, saying that 274 Palestinians were killed, an increase from the initially reported 210, and 698 were injured during the Israeli special forces' raid on the densely populated Al-Nuseirat camp to rescue four hostages held by...
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Colombia to halt coal exports to Israel over its Gaza action – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Colombian President Gustavo Petro announced on social media that Colombia will halt coal exports to Israel due to its military actions in the Gaza Strip, actions he described as 'genocide.'According to Petro, the draft decree will be published by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Tourism between June 11 and 17 for public comments before it becomes effective.This report comes from Xinhua news agency.Colombia exported $447 million worth of coal to Israel in 2023, marking a 57 percent decrease from 2022. In the first four months of 2024, Colombia exported $88 million worth of coal to Israel.Relations between Colombia and Israel have become increasingly strained since the latest round of conflict between Israel and Palestine began on October 7, 2023. Petro has repeatedly cr...
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Gaza War: 210 Killed In Strikes On Refugee Camp As Israel Rescues 4 Hostages Alive

At least 210 people lost their lives on Saturday in Israeli attacks on a central Gaza refugee camp from which four hostages were rescued, Hamas's government media office said. "The number of victims from the Israeli occupation's massacre in the Nuseirat camp has risen to 210 martyrs and more than 400 wounded," according to a report from the press office, news agency AFP reported. It followed the announcement earlier on Saturday that four Israeli hostages had been freed from Nuseirat, following an operation that was said to have occurred "under fire". As per a report by news agency AFP, the Israeli government also announced that its forces rescued four hostages alive from a Gaza refugee camp on Saturday as it invoked an assault despite surveillance over a...
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Iran-Backed Houthis Claim Attacks On Ships At Haifa Port, Israeli Military Denies

Yemen's Houthi group said on Thursday that they had carried out joint aerial attacks with an Iraqi group. The Iranian-backed group targeted ships in Israel's port of Haifa. In a statement aired by Houthi-run al-Masirah TV, Houthi military spokesman Yahya Sarea said that "the precise operations" were carried out with drones in retaliation for the "massacres committed by the Israeli enemy in the (Palestinian) area of Rafah" in Gaza, news agency IANS reported. The Israeli military, however, denied the claim. Meanwhile, Israeli military sources told Xinhua news agency that they were "unfamiliar with such an incident." According to witnesses from companies operating in Haifa, the port operated normally. According to Houthi group spokesman Sarea, one operation...
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Israel accused of using white phosphorus in Lebanon – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Accusations have surfaced alleging that Israel deployed white phosphorus munitions in southern Lebanon during its ongoing military operations. The accusations come from Lebanon's caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati, who has claimed that Israel's use of this highly controversial weapon has been part of the escalating conflict between Israel and Hezbollah."Israel's use of white phosphorus in Lebanon is a clear violation of international law," Mikati said, emphasizing the need for international intervention. White phosphorus is known for its severe effects, causing deep burns and injuries and sparking international outcry when used in civilian areas.Human Rights Watch has also reported witnessing the use of white phosphorus by Israeli forces. "We have verified video footage sh...
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Israeli forces target ‘Hamas compound’ in Gaza UN school, 39 killed – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Israeli armed forces on Thursday targeted a school in Gaza resulting in the death of at least more that 30 people. Israeli armed forces said that it housed a Hamas compound and killed fighters involved in the October 7 attack that ignited the eight-month war.However, Gaza media reported that at least 39 people seeking shelter at the school were killed in the strike.Ismail Al-Thawabta, director of the Hamas-run government media office, denied Israel's allegations that the UN school in Nuseirat, central Gaza, concealed a Hamas command post."Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists who belonged to the Nukhba Forces and took part in the murderous attack on communities in southern Israel on October 7 were operating in the compound," it said."The terrorists directed terror from the area ...
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Israel Takes ‘Operational Control’ Over Central Gaza After Air Strikes Kill 70 Palestinians

Israel-Gaza War: The Israeli military said that it has taken “operational control” over eastern areas of the Bureij refugee camp and the town of Deir al-Balah in central Gaza. Dozens of Palestinians were reported killed. The military said on Wednesday that the troops had begun an operation against “terrorists and terrorist infrastructure above and below ground" backed by air strikes, the BBC reported. According to residents, intense bombardment took place after the military operation began. The charity Médecins Sans Frontières claimed that at least 70 dead people, majority women and children, had been brought to a local hospital since Tuesday, the BBC reported. This came at a time when US, Egyptian, and Qatari mediators met in Doha and Cairo to hold disc...
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Biden takes a big swing at hostage-for-truce deal, puts onus on Israeli, Hamas officials to step up – Times of India

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden is looking past resistance from key Israeli officials as he presses Israel and Hamas to agree to a three-phase agreement that could immediately bring home dozens of Israeli hostages, free Palestinian prisoners and perhaps even lead to an endgame in the nearly eight-month-old Gaza war. Biden's big swing - during a tough reelection battle - could also demonstrate to a significant slice of his political base demoralized by his handling of the conflict that he's doing his part to end the war that has killed more than 36,000 Palestinians and left hundreds of thousands struggling to meet basic needs. White House officials on Monday said Biden's decision to make public what it describes as an Israeli proposal - just one day after it was delivered to Hamas - was...
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Maldives ban: Go to Indian beaches, Israel tells citizens | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: A day after Maldives barred the entry of Israeli passport holders, the Israel embassy in New Delhi issued on Monday a statement on 'X' promoting "some beautiful and amazing Indian beaches where Israeli tourists are warmly welcomed and treated with utmost hospitality", including Lakshadweep, Kerala, Andaman and Goa.As far as tourism is concerned, Maldives has been in the news for the wrong reasons since the start of the year.A visit by PM Modi to idyllic Lakshadweep led to anti-India tweets by some Maldives' politicians. After that, Maldives fell off the bucket list for Indian travellers.During his visit, PM Modi had said on 'X' on Jan 4: "In addition to scenic beauty, Lakshadweep's tranquillity is also mesmerising. It gave me an opportunity to reflect on how to work even hard...
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Israel Envoy Asks Nationals To Visit Indian Beaches After Maldives Ban

Following Maldives' ban on Israeli citizens over Gaza war, Israeli envoys have urged Israeli citizens to consider Indian beaches. In the middle of the tensions, the Israeli Embassy's X page is blowing up with photos of Indian beaches, including those from Goa and Kerala. "Since the Maldives is no longer welcoming Israelis, here are some beautiful and amazing Indian beaches where Israeli tourists are warmly welcomed and treated with the utmost hospitality," the Embassy of Israel wrote on its social media handle X. Since the Maldives is no longer welcoming Israelis, here are some beautiful and amazing Indian beaches where Israeli tourists are warmly welcomed and treated with utmost hospitality. 🏖️🇮🇳Check out these recommendations from @IsraelinIndia,...