Israel says ‘would welcome’ India’s help to rescue 200 Hamas hostages

New Delhi: As the war between Israel and Hamas terrorists raged on, Israel’s ambassador to India, Naor Gilon, said the country welcomes any sort of help from India for the release of over 200 people held hostage by Hamas.

The Israeli envoy said that they were moved by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s gesture of expressing solidarity with Israel after the war-triggering attacks by Hamas that have claimed over 1,400 lives.

“PM Modi again expressed solidarity after speaking to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a few days later. Not just the Indian PM, we have got a show of support from all levels here — officials, ministers, civil society, and even people on social media,” Gilon said.

The envoy said that if there is a way to get the global powers to put pressure on Hamas and if India is able to speak to the leaders who have influence on Hamas for release of over 200 Israeli hostages, including several foreign nationals, “we would welcome that”.

“Hamas commanders are living a life of luxury in places like Istanbul and Qatar. We understand that India has a special place in the world. Many countries are trying to put pressure on Hamas to secure the release of the innocent civilians. If India is able to speak to people who have influence over them, we would welcome that,” he said.

Meanwhile, Israel has agreed to deliver limited humanitarian aid to Gaza, a deal announced by US President Joe Biden during his visit to the nation.

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