India asks Israel, Palestine to show restraint

India on Sunday expressed "deep concern" at the violence that has erupted between Israel and Palestine, centred around Gaza.

New Delhi asked both sides to exercise restraint and avoid taking any action that may further exacerbate the situation. "We are deeply concerned at the steep escalation of violence between Israel and Palestine, focused around Gaza, that threatens the peace and security of that region," said Syed Akbaruddin, the official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs.

This is India's first official statement on the current violence, in which the Israeli army and militants in Gaza have been firing missiles at each other for the past five days. The clashes have killed 55 people.

The MEA spokesperson said, "It is imperative that the situation be de-escalated urgently as the region is already undergoing turmoil. We urge both sides to exercise maximum restraint and avoid taking any action that may exacerbate the situation." He further stated that it was necessary that direct talks begin between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

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