China voices concern over violent clashes in Gaza

TOKYO, China expressed serious concern about the violent clashes in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, calling on both Israel and Palestine to exercise restraint, official media reported.

“We are seriously concerned about the confrontations that caused mass casualties and opposes violent action targeting civilians,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Lu Kang told reporters in Beijing, according to the sate-run Xinhua News Agency.

“We have called on both Israel and Palestine, especially the Israeli side, to keep restraint to avoid further escalation of tensions,” Lu said.

Tens of thousands of Palestinians gathered in eastern Gaza Strip close to the border with Israel on Monday to protest against the United States relocating its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Over 50 Palestinians were killed and more than 2,000 injured in violent clashes with Israeli forces.

“The Chinese side holds that in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions, peace talks between Palestine and Israel should be resumed as soon as possible and the final status of Jerusalem should be settled through dialogues,” he said.

Lu also affirmed his country’s support of Palestinian people’s just cause to restore their legitimate national rights, and backs the establishment of a fully sovereign, independent State of Palestine based on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Source: Kuwait News Agency