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India announces $1 mn aid for Gaza victims

delhi Updated: Jan 02, 2009 20:27 IST

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India on Friday announced an aid of one million US dollars for the people in Gaza affected by the ongoing Israeli military action and demanded immediate end to the violence there so that peace process could resume.

"In response to the flash appeal made by UN Refugee Welfare Agency (UNRWA), Government of India has decided to extend an assistance of USD 1 million for use by the Agency to provide shelters, cash assistance, essential household items, etc, to affected families in Gaza," External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vishnu Prakash said.

He said India urges an "immediate end to the violence witnessed in Gaza and its environs, so that further casualties amongst civilians are averted."

This, he said, would help create an atmosphere for the peace process to resume.

It is for the third time in less than a week that India has sought an end to Israeli military action in Gaza which has been provoked by cross-border attacks by Hamas.

On Monday, India condemned the "unwarranted" and "indiscriminate" use of force by Israel in the Gaza Strip.

New Delhi asked Tel Aviv to exercise "utmost restraint" and "give peace a chance", warning that the peace process there may get derailed irreversibly by Israel's attack on Gaza Strip and the continued violence.

"It is disappointing to note that the use of disproportionate force is resulting in a large number of civilian casualties on the one hand and the escalating violence on the other," External Affairs Ministry had said.