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PM Modi condemns killings of civilians in Gaza hospital, says those responsible must be held accountable

Hamas group said a massive explosion at the al-Ahli hospital in Gaza killed hundreds of people Tuesday. Hamas attributed the blast to an Israeli air strike, but the Israeli military said it was not involved and the explosion was caused by a misfired Palestinian rocket.

Ajeet Kumar Written By: Ajeet Kumar @Ajeet1994 New Delhi Updated on: October 18, 2023 14:52 IST
PM Narendra Modi.
Image Source : AP PM Narendra Modi.

Israel-Hamas war: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday condoled the killings of hundreds of people in a hospital in Gaza and dubbed "civilian casualties in the conflict are a matter of serious and continuing concern" and added those involved should be held responsible.

Hundreds of civilians are feared dead after a deadly blast at the Al Ahli Arab hospital in Gaza. Israel has denied its involvement in the bombing, while the Palestinians have held it responsible.

"Deeply shocked at the tragic loss of lives at the Al Ahli Hospital in Gaza. Our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, and prayers for the speedy recovery of those injured," Modi said on X. "Civilian casualties in the ongoing conflict are a matter of serious and continuing concern. Those involved should be held responsible," the prime minister said.

India backs Israel in its war against Hamas 

Notably, India has been backing Israeli calls for eliminating Hamas following the attacks carried out by it on Israel on October 7 in which more than 1,300 people were killed and between 200 and 250 Israelis are said to have been taken to Gaza as hostages.

Modi had spoken to his Israeli counterpart earlier last week, where the latter briefed him about the ongoing war with Hamas militants. PM Modi, who shares good relations with Netanyahu, condemned the terror activities by Hamas and extended support to Israel in this difficult hour.

"I thank Prime Minister @netanyahu for his phone call and providing an update on the ongoing situation. The people of India stand firmly with Israel in this difficult hour. India strongly and unequivocally condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations," wrote PM Modi on X.

According to the Times of Israel, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said the military struck hundreds of Hamas targets overnight in Gaza’s City Rimal neighbourhood, which is home to many Hamas ministries and government buildings. He said residents were being notified over social media to evacuate before the strikes but did not elaborate further.

Also Read: India stands firmly with Israel in this difficult hour, PM Modi to Netanyahu

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