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China calls for calm and restraint for Palenstine and Israel

By ZHAO JIA | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2023-01-29 11:33

On Sunday China called on parties to show calm and restraint to prevent the situation from spiraling out of control as tensions have escalated between Palestine and Israel, with violence and conflicts on the rise.

On Thursday, Israeli forces clashed with Palestinians while conducting a raid in the West Bank city of Jenin, leaving more than ten Palestinians dead. On Friday, a terrorist attack at a religious site in East Jerusalem caused a number of civilian casualties.

China has been closely following the recent escalation of tensions between Palestine and Israel, the Foreign Ministry spokesperson said in remarks on the recent escalation of tensions between Palestine and Israel.

"We are deeply saddened by the civilian casualties caused by the Palestine-Israel conflicts and condemn all terrorist attacks targeting civilians and oppose excessive use of force," the spokesperson said.

"The pressing priority is to do everything possible to de-escalate the situation," the spokesperson said, while calling on all parties, Israel in particular, to show some calm and restraint in order to prevent the situation from spiraling out of control.

The spokesperson pointed out that the Palestine-Israel conflict has been recurring because "the two-state solution has not been delivered and the Palestinian people have long been denied their legitimate aspiration of establishing an independent state."

"The international community needs to act with a stronger sense of urgency and create conditions for the resumption of talks between Palestine and Israel," the spokesperson said, adding that China will continue to work hard for a comprehensive, just and lasting settlement of the Palestinian question.

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