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India expresses concern over situation in Israel, Palestine

IANS  |  New Delhi 

on Wednesday expressed deep concern over the situation in after over 50 Palestinians were killed in violence in the wake of the opening its embassy in

"is deeply concerned with continuing tensions on the border between and where more than 50 Palestinian nationals lost their lives and thousands injured on May 14," the said in a statement.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of lives.

"We urge all sides to avoid escalation of the situation so as to create a conducive atmosphere to resume the peace process," the statement said.

The violence earlier this week coincided with the dedication ceremony of the US Embassy in

The transfer of the embassy from to had already incensed Palestinians, who claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

Israeli defended his country's military action that killed and wounded Palestinians.

has called for intensified protests.

The Latin American nation of also inaugurated its embassy in Jerusalem on Wednesday, two days after the US opened its mission in the disputed city.

Guatemalan and Netanyahu cut a blue-and-white ribbon as the official opening of the embassy.

The developments come after Narendra Modi's two separate visits to and Palestine since last year.

Modi visited in July last year in what was the first-ever prime ministerial visit from to the West Asian nation.

He then went on a standalone visit to Palestine in February this year in what was again the first-ever visit by an Indian to that country.

The visit came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to India in January this year.

India has continuously supported the Palestinian cause at various international fora.

had voted in the in December last year against US Donald Trump's unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 00:26 IST
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