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UPDATED: 07:47, July 21, 2006
India condemns arrests of Palestinian ministers by Israel
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India Thursday condemned arrests of ministers of the Palestinian National Authority and members of the Palestinian Legislative Council by Israel, terming it as " wholly unjustified."

New Delhi also called upon Israel to release the Palestinians ministers and parliamentarians immediately and underlined a resolution of the present crisis through peaceful means.

"We call upon Israel to release them immediately. We also reiterate our call for all parties to renounce violence and resolve their differences through peaceful means," the Indo-Asian News Service quoted Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Navtej Sarna as saying.

India condemns the wholly unjustified arrest and continuing incarceration of ministers of the Palestinian National Authority and members of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Navtej Sarna said.

There can be no justification whatsoever for taking such action against the duly elected representatives of the Palestinian people, he added.

He also expressed India's "deep concern" about large-scale operation mounted in West Bank and Gaza by the Israeli armed forces in "disproportionate retaliation for the abduction of an Israeli soldier."

Israeli troops had arrested dozens of ministers and legislators from the ruling Hamas party of Palestine towards the end of last month as it stepped up a military campaign in Gaza to win the release of an Israeli soldier held by Hamas gunmen.

Source: Xinhua

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