India calls the Hamas assault a terrorist act and supports efforts to establish a Palestinian state.

Operation Vijay’s first charter flight, which is scheduled to land in Tel Aviv on Thursday night, is anticipated to return on Friday morning with up to 230 Indian citizens on board.

India on Thursday called the attack by Hamas from the Gaza Strip on Israel a “terrorist attack” and stated that it has always supported direct dialogue for the establishment of a Palestinian state that can coexist with Israel.

On October 12, Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system intercepts rockets fired from the Gaza Strip over the southern Israeli city of Sderot. Since October 7, when Palestinian Hamas militants infiltrated Israel in a surprise attack, thousands of people—both Israelis and Palestinians—have perished (AFP).

In answer to inquiries at a routine media conference, the spokesperson for the External Affairs Ministry, Arindam Bagchi, described India’s perspective on the rise in violence following the Hamas assaults last weekend. He asserted that India holds both a national duty to uphold international humanitarian law and an international duty to combat all forms of terrorism.

Bagchi gave information regarding Operation Ajay, India’s initiative to repatriate Indian people who want to go to Israel, and stated that the first group of citizens is anticipated to arrive back in India on a charter flight by Friday morning. As more Indians register with the Tel Aviv mission and declare a wish to return home, more planes will be scheduled.
In response to a query about whether India views Hamas as a terrorist organization,

As you are aware, it is a legal matter to designate a group as a terrorist organization under Indian law.We have, I believe, made it pretty plain that we consider this to be a terrorist incident.

Following the Hamas attacks, which left 1,200 Israelis dead and almost 3,000 injured, Bagchi’s comments were the first formal response from the external affairs ministry regarding the situation in Israel. Israeli military assaults on the Gaza Strip have resulted in the deaths of an additional 1,400 Palestinians.

He went on to say, “Our policy in this regard has been long-standing and consistent,” when explaining India’s stance on the Palestine problem. India has consistently pushed for the restart of direct talks to create a sovereign, independent, and viable state of Palestine with secure, internationally recognized boundaries that coexist in peace with Israel.
There is a common responsibility to uphold international humanitarian law, he continued. Additionally, there is a global obligation to combat the threat of terrorism in all of its guises and guillotines.

The “terrorist attacks” were earlier decried by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who also conveyed India’s support for Israel to Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday.
The first stance taken by the Indian side had alarmed officials from a number of Arab nations because New Delhi had not previously made any mention of the Palestinian problem. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain, whose relations with Israel have been normalized, were two of the few Arab nations to specifically mention Hamas in their condemnation of the assaults.
In their pronouncements on the bloodshed, other Arab nations including Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia didn’t even mention Hamas; instead, they blamed it on ongoing Israeli attacks and violations.

The third holiest mosque in Islam, Al-Aqsa, has been repeatedly invaded by “occupation” forces against Palestinians.

According to Bagchi, the first charter flight operated as part of Operation Vijay will land in Tel Aviv on Thursday night and return on Friday morning with up to 230 Indian citizens on board. He said that because the situation is changing, more flights have not yet been finalized.
S Jaishankar, the minister of external affairs, presided over a meeting on Thursday to review the situation and make plans for repatriating citizens who want to do so. The ministry maintains regular communication with the Indian missions in neighboring nations like Jordan, Syria, and Egypt as well as the mission in Tel Aviv and the representative office in Ramallah.

All possibilities, including using Indian Air Force planes to bring back Indian citizens from Israel, are being kept open, according to Bagchi. “A situation where a conflict is ongoing is concerning. We ask Indians to heed warnings from the Tel Aviv mission, to exercise caution, to take preventative measures, and to contact the embassy if they require assistance, the official said.

Nearly 7,000 of the 18,000 Indian citizens living in Israel, according to those with knowledge of the situation, have registered with the embassy in Tel Aviv thus far, although just a small number.

A minor proportion had stated that they wanted to go back home. A small number of Indians live in the Gaza-area conflict zones, primarily working as carers. Most of the 1,000 or so Indian students have not shown a wish to return, according to the sources.
One of the people added, “This is the situation as of now, but things can change if the situation worsens.”

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