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India condemns Israeli raid of flotilla bound for Gaza

2010-06-02 05:29:04 GMT2010-06-02 13:29:04 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

NEW DELHI, June 2 (Xinhua) -- India has condemned Israel for " indiscriminate use of force" in its raid on flotilla with humanitarian aid bound for the Gaza Strip, while calling for peaceful dialogue to restore peace between Israel and Palestine.

Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vishnu Prakash said Tuesday night in a statement that India deplores the tragic loss of life and the reports of killings and injuries to people on the boats carrying humanitarian aid for Gaza.

"It is our firm conviction that lasting peace and security in the region can be achieved only through peaceful dialogue and not through use of force," said the statement.

Meanwhile, India's ruling Congress party has also condemned the attack on the flotilla.

"Such use of force is blatant negation of all human values. The party expresses its sympathy with the families who have lost their members and with those who have suffered injuries," party general secretary Janardan Dwevedi said.

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