‘Beyond Scope of Self-Defense’: China Slams Israel’s Actions in Gaza

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. (Photo: Kremlin, via Wikimedia Commons)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Saturday that Israel’s actions have gone “beyond the scope of self-defense” and that the Israeli government must “cease its collective punishment of the people of Gaza”, in a phone call with his Saudi counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan. 

According to a ministry readout published by Chinese newspaper Global Times, Wang also said that “all parties should not take any action to escalate the situation and should return to the negotiating table as soon as possible.”

“China is actively communicating with all parties to push for a ceasefire. The immediate priority is to ensure the safety of civilians, quickly open humanitarian rescue channels, and meet the basic needs of the people of Gaza”, Wang said, adding: 

“It is imperative to cease fire and violence promptly, cool down the situation, and thus pave the way for a political solution.”

2,329 Palestinians, mostly children and women, have been killed since the beginning of Israel’s military aggression on besieged Gaza, on October 7. 9,042 more Palestinians have been wounded.

(The Palestine Chronicle)

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