India expresses deep shock at loss of lives in Northern Gaza

World Friday 01/March/2024 18:58 PM
India expresses deep shock at loss of lives in Northern Gaza

New Delhi: India has expressed deep shock at the loss of lives in Northern Gaza after more than 100 people were killed there on Thursday when Palestinian civilians were gathering around food aid trucks.
"We are deeply shocked at the loss of lives in Northern Gaza yesterday during the delivery of humanitarian assistance," the Ministry of External Affairs said.

The MEA stated that the humanitarian situation in Gaza continues to remain a cause for concern.
"Such loss of civilian lives and the larger humanitarian situation in Gaza continues to be a cause for extreme concern. We reiterate our call for safe and timely delivery of humanitarian aid and assistance," the MEA release added.

Notably, Palestinian civilians lost their lives in a firing allegedly carried out by Israeli troops, Palestinian officials and eyewitnesses said, according to CNN.

The massacre began early Thursday when a convoy of trucks bringing supplies landed on Haroun Al Rasheed Street in western Gaza City's Sheikh Ajleen neighbourhood.

According to witnesses, people were swarming around the newly arrived relief vehicles when Israeli soldiers opened fire. According to one version, several of the victims died after being hit by lorries.
An eyewitness informed CNN that while relief trucks attempted to flee the scene, others were mistakenly rammed, resulting in further deaths and injuries.

Israel Defence Forces spokesperson Lt Col Peter Lerner, in response to the deadly incidents, clarified that the aid trucks involved belonged to "international aid by governments that came on in private truckloads to move north. We need to do everything to alleviate the humanitarian situation."

Meanwhile, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed strong condemnation for the devastating incident at a food aid site in Gaza, where the Gaza health ministry said over 100 lives were lost.

"The desperate civilians in Gaza need urgent help, including those in the besieged north where the United Nations has not been able to deliver aid in more than a week," stated Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for the UN chief. While the UN was not present during the incident, it has called for a thorough investigation into the tragic events.

Expressing his dismay at the toll of Gazans in the ongoing conflict, Guterres noted that the health ministry reported a death toll surpassing 30,000, with over 70,000 injured.

The UN chief stated, "Tragically, an unknown number of people lie under rubble," reinforcing the urgent need for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire and the unconditional release of all Israeli hostages in Gaza.