Indian and Chinese troops clashed with iron rods and stones at their disputed border, resulting in casualties on both sides including the death of three Indian soldiers, Indian officials said on Tuesday, in a major escalation of a weeks-old standoff.
“During the de-escalation process under way in the Galwan Valley, a violent face-off took place yesterday night with casualties on both sides,” the Indian army said in a statement.
“The loss of lives on the Indian side includes an officer and two soldiers. Senior military officials of the two sides are currently meeting at the venue to defuse the situation.”
“They attacked with iron rods, the commanding officer was grievously injured and fell, and when that happened, more soldiers swarmed to the area and attacked with stones,” said the source, who had been briefed on the matter.
At least 20 Indians died in clash with Chinese forces in Kashmir, India says, in first deadly skirmish for decades https://t.co/A5R8pvsdGe— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) June 16, 2020
Indiachina faceoff: Indian army released a statement on the 20 soldiers killed. pic.twitter.com/C8ZJVCwcpk— Nikita (@Nikita38462871) June 16, 2020
The Chinese have crossed a line, both literally and figuratively. The martyrdom of twenty of our bravest soldiers CANNOT go in vain.— Anand Ranganathan (@ARanganathan72) June 16, 2020
Beyond military response, India must reflect on these numbers:
Indian exports to China: $ 18 billion.
Chinese exports to India: $ 73 billion.
43 Chinese soldiers killed in the stand-off at Ladakh, 20 Indian soldiers attained martyrdom, govt sources indicatehttps://t.co/14McoOpn7h— Nupur J Sharma (@UnSubtleDesi) June 16, 2020
As face off Escalated #IndianArmy confirmed 20 casualties in #GalwanValley in eastern #Ladakh during clashes with the Chinese troops. #China claims more than 90,000 sq km in the eastern #Himalayas disputed by #India and another 38,000 sq km in the west. pic.twitter.com/Zh2IkKDmVj— The Hawks #WildBird (@TheHawksOps) June 16, 2020
China suffered 43 casualties in violent face-off in Galwan Valley, reveal Indian intercepts— The Times Of India (@timesofindia) June 16, 2020
Indian intercepts reveal that Chinese side suffered 43 casualties including dead and seriously injured in the violent face-off in Ladakh's #GalwanValley