Ajit Doval meets Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, discusses Gaza war, humanitarian aid

NSA Ajit Doval meets Israeli PM Netanyahu to discuss humanitarian aid to Gaza

Jerusalem:

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss regional developments and the urgent need to address the issue of humanitarian aid to Gaza, which is facing catastrophic levels of food insecurity.

“Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today met with Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and briefed him on recent developments in the fighting in the Gaza Strip,” the Israeli Prime Minister posted on Twitter from his official handle.

More than 30,000 Palestinians were estimated to have been killed during the operation in Gaza, which Israel launched in response to an attack by Hamas militants on October 7, in which about 1,200 Israelis were killed and about 250 taken hostage.

Both sides also discussed the hostage rescue efforts and the issue of humanitarian assistance.

The Israel-Hamas conflict has led to a growing humanitarian crisis, and the United Nations has warned that at least 576,000 people in the Gaza Strip – a quarter of the population – are facing catastrophic levels of food insecurity.

Western countries have pressured Israel to expand land distribution by facilitating more routes and opening additional crossings.

Mr Doval also met his Israeli counterpart Tzakhi Hanegbi, who was also present during the meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in constant touch with important leaders of the region such as UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan and is actively involved in discussions to promote peace and stability in the region.

India has supported efforts to provide essential humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian population in Gaza by sending consignments of essential commodities.

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