« Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning stated that China was ‘highly concerned’ about the recent escalation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, during a press conference in Beijing on Monday.
« China is highly concerned about the recent escalation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, deeply saddened by the civilian casualties caused by the conflict, and opposes and condemns actions that harm civilians, » she said.
She added that Beijing ‘opposes actions that expand conflicts and disrupt regional stability’ and said that her country hoped that a ceasefire and cessation of hostilities would be in place ‘as soon as possible’.
The spokesperson also called for the international community to play a practical role in de-escalating tensions.
« The solution to the recurrent conflict between Palestine and Israel lies in resuming peace talks, implementing the ‘Two-state solution’, and promoting the comprehensive and appropriate resolution of the Palestinian issue through political means as soon as possible, so as to ensure the legitimate concerns of all parties, » she continued.
Mao Ning added that China would ‘continue to work tirelessly’ with the international community on the issue. She also called for Chinese citizens in the region to take safety precautions.
Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel on Saturday, October 7, firing thousands of rockets as militants broke through into Israeli territory as part of what the group described as ‘Operation Al-Aqsa Flood’.
Israel responded with airstrikes on the Gaza Strip and issued a formal declaration of war on Hamas, warning residents in Gaza to leave their homes.
Hamas said the operation was due to the long-running Israeli blockade, raids on West Bank cities and other attacks, while Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed ‘mighty vengeance’ on the group.
At time of publication, over 1,100 have been reported dead across both sides in the most deadly escalation of the ongoing conflict in decades. »