India demands an end to Israeli military action
India joined 28 other countries at the UN Human Rights Council to demand an end to military action by Israel in Palestinian areas.india Updated: Jul 07, 2006 01:31 IST
India on Thursday joined 28 countries at the UN Human Rights Council to demand an end to military action by Israel in Palestinian areas and agreed to send urgently a fact-finding mission to the area to assess the ground situation.
A special session of the UNHRC in Geneva adopted a resolution on the human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territory expressing "grave concern at the detrimental impact of the current Israeli military operation on the already deteriorating humanitarian conditions of the Palestinian people."
Israel launched military action after one of soldiers was abducted in an attack by Hamas at a security post on June 25.
India and 28 other countries voted in favour of the resolution, while 11 voted against and five abstained.
"The Council (resolution) demanded that Israel end its military operations in the occupied Palestinian territory," a statement issued by the UNHRC after the two-day session said.
The Council also asked Israel to immediately release the arrested Palestinian ministers, and members of the Palestinian Legislative Council.
The UNHRC decided to dispatch an urgent fact-finding mission headed by the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory, the statement said.