Israel has continued its military operations in Gaza since the October 2023 attack by Hamas.

New Delhi:

BRICS nations on Monday expressed grave concern over an “unprecedented” increase in violence in the Gaza Strip as a result of Israeli military operations and reiterated their support for Palestine’s full membership in the United Nations.

Meeting in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, BRICS foreign ministers reiterated the grouping’s unwavering commitment to the vision of a two-state solution to the Palestinian issue based on international law.

Damu Ravi, Secretary (Economic Relations) in the Ministry of External Affairs represented India in this important meeting.

BRICS includes Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa, Ethiopia, Iran, Egypt and United Arab Emirates.

“The Ministers expressed deep concern over the deteriorating situation in the occupied Palestinian territories, particularly the unprecedented escalation of violence resulting from Israeli military operations in the Gaza Strip, which have led to mass displacement of civilians, There were deaths and casualties.” It was said in the joint statement issued at the end of the meeting.

BRICS is an acronym for the original members of the group – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

The group also called for immediate, safe and unhindered delivery of humanitarian aid to the Palestinian civilian population in the Gaza Strip.

It also called for the effective implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2728 for an immediate, durable and sustainable ceasefire.

The Foreign Ministers alike called for the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages and civilians who have been illegally detained.

He expressed deep concern over Israel’s escalating attacks in Rafah, saying it would further exacerbate the “dire” humanitarian situation.

“The ministers further condemned the Israeli military operation in Rafah and its effects that directly affect the lives of civilians, especially given the density of Palestinian civilians in the area,” the statement said.

Last month, an Israeli airstrike on a camp for displaced people in Rafah killed 45 people, sparking widespread international outrage.

“They also reaffirmed their rejection of any attempt to forcefully displace, evict or relocate the Palestinian people from their land.”

“Furthermore, he warned of the impact of an escalation of tensions in the rest of the Middle East region. He acknowledged the International Court of Justice’s provisional measures in legal proceedings initiated by South Africa against Israel. “

According to the statement, the ministers “expressed serious concern over Israel’s continued violation of international law, the UN Charter, UN resolutions and court orders”.

Israel is continuing its military operations in Gaza as part of a response to an unusual attack by Hamas on Israeli cities on October 7.

Hamas killed about 1,200 people in Israel and kidnapped more than 220, 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 the Israeli offensive.

India is calling for de-escalation of the situation and creation of conditions for early resumption of direct peace talks for a two-state solution to the Palestinian issue.

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