Monday, December 11, 2023

China urges end to Israeli blockade of Gaza

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has called on Israel to lift its seven-year blockade on the Gaza Strip and end the ongoing deadly offensive against the Palestinian enclave.

During a joint press conference with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shukry in Cairo on Sunday, Wang stressed that Israel “should lift its blockade on Gaza, [and] release Palestinian prisoners.”

“All actions that involve excessive use of force and that lead to civilian casualties are unacceptable,” he said.

“All movements including airstrikes, ground offensive and launches of rockets should be stopped. Any abuse of force that causes deaths of civilians is unacceptable,” Wang said.

He also offered a five-point ceasefire proposal for Gaza, saying Beijing is ready to mediate for peace between the Palestinians and Israel.

He also supported the truce initiative proposed by Egypt and other countries.

Israel has continued to pound the Gaza Strip for the 28th consecutive day, killing more than 1,822 Palestinians, including 400 children, so far.

Israel has been targeting the Gaza Strip with military attacks since July 8. Apart from the fatalities, the air, sea and land strikes by Israel have so far injured 9,400 .

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