Chinese Foreign Ministry urges immediate ceasefire

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The Chinese Foreign Ministry released a partial transcript of spokesperson Hong Lei's press briefing yesterday.

The following are his comments that are relevant to the Israeli attack on Gaza:

Q: Over the last two days, Israeli military has launched a new round of operations, assaulting at least 50 targets in the Gaza strip, killing 27 people and injuring about 100. Hamas fired more than 100 rockets to southern Israel, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa and other places. The Israeli Cabinet has approved the call-up of 40,000 reserve troops. What is China's comment on the escalation of Palestine-Israel conflict?

A: China is deeply concerned about the continued escalation of Palestine-Israel conflict. We believe that to resort to force and to counter violence with violence will not help resolve problems other than pile up more hatred. We urge relevant parties to bear in mind the broader picture of peace and the lives of the people, immediately realize a ceasefire, stick to the strategic choice of peace talks and strive for an early resumption of talks.

Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 16:49

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