International community must stand together in combating terrorism : Bagachi

New Delhi, Oct 19 (UNI) In the middle of an ongoing war between Israel-Hamas, India has evacuated at least 1,200 citizens stranded in Israel, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said here on Thursday.

“Five flights under “Operation Ajay”, including 18 Nepali nationals brought back” Bagchi said while addressing a weekly press briefing.

While asked about the civilian casualties, Bagchi said , “we have also expressed our concern at the civilian casualties and the humanitarian situation.”

“We also remain concerned about the humanitarian situation. We would urge the full respect and strict observance of international humanitarian law”, he added.

“The international community must stand together in combating terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. There was also the issue of Palestine and on that, we have reiterated our position in favour of direct negotiations for establishing a two-state solution.” the MEA spokesperson said.

Over the cooperation with the Maldives, Bagchi said, “The assistance and platform that we have provided have contributed significantly in areas like people’s welfare, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief and combating illegal maritime activities.

“Over the last five years, more than 500 medical evacuations have been carried out” he added.

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