New Delhi reports that 17 more of its military has died, which were “critically injured” in the incident and then “exposed to below zero temperatures” in the area.
India has increased to 20 casualties in violent confrontation with Chinese troops recorded in the GalwanValley, in The Indian region of Ladakh,on Monday night, the Indian Army has confirmed.
This military branch has reported, according to Indian media, that “17 Indian troops who were critically injured in the face zone of confrontation and were exposed to below-zero temperatures in high-altitude terrain have succumbed to their injuries, increasing the number of casualties to 20.”
By now Indian and Chinese troops have ceased hostilities in the Galwanarea, the Army detailed.
According to sources cited by India Today,no gunfire occurred during the incident, but sticks and stones were used to attack the soldiers.
For his part, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijiansaid Tuesday that he was unaware of the incident. In addition, India was asked not to take unilateral action or to create problems from the Ministry.
Moreover, the editor-in-chief of China’s Global Times, Hu Xijin,tweeted on Tuesday that the Chinese Army “also suffered casualties in the physical confrontation of the GalwanValley.”
The Indian and Chinese armies have been engaged in a confrontation for more than 5 weeks in Pangong Tso, GalwanValley, Demchok and Daulat Beg Oldi,ineastern Ladakh. To resolve the dispute, both sides held a series of conversations in recent days.
The Indian Army chief also reported last week that “the whole situation” along India’s border with China was under control, and that both armies were gradually “withdrawing” from the GalwanValley.
China and India are holding open disputes over territories within the Himalayas and faced off in 1962 in a month-a-month border war, which left more than 10,000 dead and culminated in Beijing’s victory
Late last May, Beijing and New Delhi strengthened their military presence in disputed areas along the 3,488-kilometer unmarked border between the two nations after on May 5, soldiers from the two nuclear powers clashed on the shores of Lake Pangong Tso on the Tibetan plateau
The previous escalation between the two countries was recorded in 2017, when China began building a road on the Doklam Plateau that led to threats of war that ended in punches and stones between soldiers of both armies, until both nuclear powers agreed to withdraw their troops from the site at the end of August 2017