Twenty Indian soldiers perished in a confrontation with the Chinese army overnight Monday to Tuesday on the disputed border in Ladakh, in northern India, the first deadly military clash in 45 years between the two giants Asians.
The Indian army first announced Tuesday the death of an officer and two soldiers, referring to deaths “on both sides”. In the evening, she reported on 17 other “seriously injured on the field of honour” who had “died of their injuries”.
China, for its part, spoke of “dead and wounded”, without however specifying in which camp. She accuses India of being responsible for the incident.
India’s foreign ministry replied with the voice of its spokesperson Anurag Srivastava, blaming the confrontation on China through “an attempt to unilaterally change the status quo” at the border.
An Indian soldier based in the region assured AFP that there had been no exchange of fire. “No firearm was used. There was violent close combat,” the source said, on condition of anonymity.