India joined Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa to vote for a Palestinian-drafted resolution on "Ensuring Respect for international law in The Occupied Palestinian Territories, including East Jerusalem".
    
In the 46-member council, 29 countries voted in support of the resolution while 17 nations abstained.
    
US was the only nation to vote against the resolution. European countries abstained.

The voting came as bloodbath in the Gaza Strip continued unabated on Wednesday with Israel and Hamas refusing to back down in the 16-day conflict that has killed over 680 Palestinians and 31 Israelis.
    
Earlier, India asked Israel and Palestine to demonstrate political will to agree to a ceasefire and return to the negotiating table.

Dialogue only option to resolve Palestinian issue: India

Expressing deep concern over the escalating conflict in Gaza, India said dialogue remains the only viable option to resolve issues between Israel and Palestine, as it called on both sides to return to the negotiating table.
    
"We remain hopeful that a sustainable ceasefire will be reached between the two sides, linked to the resumption of the peace process, for a comprehensive resolution of the Palestinian issue," India's Permanent Representative to UN Asoke Mukerji said at the UN Security Council open debate on 'The Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian Question'.
    
"India remains firmly convinced that dialogue remains the only viable option that can effectively address the issues confronting the region and its people. We hope that both sides will demonstrate the necessary political will to agree to a ceasefire and return to the negotiating table," Mukerji said.

   

A protestor waves a Palestinian flag during a demonstration on July 23, 2014 in Paris, to denounce Israel's military campaign in Gaza and to show their support to the Palestinian people

He said India is "deeply concerned" at the steep escalation in the conflict between Israel and Palestine that has resulted in a large number of civilian casualties and heavy damage to property.
    
Mukerji said India is following the current situation in the region with great deal of concern.
    
"We have called upon both sides to exercise maximum restraint and avoid taking actions that may further exacerbate the situation and threaten the peace and security of the region. India supports all efforts for an immediate ceasefire between the parties involved," he said.
    
Mukerji highlighted India's deep association and continuing commitment to Palestine that is rooted in the country's modern history.
    
"We would also like to reiterate our support for a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian issue based on the relevant UN resolutions, the Arab Peace Plan and the Quartet Roadmap resulting in a sovereign, independent, viable and united state of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital, living within secure and recognized borders, side by side and at peace with Israel," he said.
    
India's assertions came as bloodbath in Gaza continued unabated on Wednesday with Israel and Hamas refusing to back down in the 16-day conflict that has killed over 660 Palestinians and 31 Israelis.

Mukerji stressed that India has consistently held that the blockade of Gaza adversely affects essential services, economic activities and infrastructure development and must be lifted.
    
"We reiterate that this blockade and the issue of increasing settlement activities need to be addressed to take forward the peace process to reach a mutually acceptable political solution. We once again call on both sides to agree to an immediate ceasefire and start a process of peaceful dialogue," the Indian envoy said.
        
Expressing deep concern at the steep escalation of violence between Israel and Palestine, India said it is closely monitoring the situation unfolding and supports all efforts for an immediate ceasefire between the parties involved.
    
"We are deeply concerned at the human rights situation in Occupied Palestine Territory including East Jerusalem, as also at the violence by non-state actors in the region which have the effect of serving as avoidable obstacles to the peace process, as well as to the realization of the legitimate aspirations of both the peoples to co-exist in peace and security," India said in a statement.

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