India joined several other governments around the world in condemning Israel for its use of disproportionate force leading to the death of 20 passengers on a flotilla carrying relief supplies to Gaza.

The Israeli Navy opened fire while forcibly boarding the ships for inspection. The flotilla was trying to reach Gaza, which faces an Israeli naval blockade. Scores of governments have protested the killings, while at least half-a-dozen summoned Israeli envoys to record their condemnation in person.

“India deplores the tragic loss of life and the reports of killings and injuries to the people on the boats carrying supplies for Gaza. There can be no justification for such indiscriminate use of force, which we condemn. We extend our sympathies to the families of the dead and wounded. It is our firm conviction that lasting peace and security in the region can be achieved only through peaceful dialogue and not through use of force,” said a Ministry of External Affairs statement.