07 May 2024, 14:46

China urges Israel to 'stop attacking Rafah'

 BEIJING, May 7, 2024 (BSS/AFP) - China on Tuesday urged Israel to "stop

attacking Rafah", after the Israeli army said it took "operational control"
of the Palestinian side of the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt.

"China... strongly calls on Israel to heed the overwhelming demands of the
international community, stop attacking Rafah, and do everything it can to
avoid a more serious humanitarian disaster in the Gaza Strip," Chinese
foreign ministry spokesman Lin Jian said.

Israel carried out strikes on the Gazan city of Rafah overnight as it sought
to put "pressure" on Hamas ahead of talks in Egypt on Tuesday aimed at
sealing a truce proposal endorsed by the militants.

After having vowed for weeks to push into the southern border town, Israel
called on Monday for Palestinians in eastern Rafah to leave for an "expanded
humanitarian area" ahead of a ground incursion.

An AFP correspondent in the city reported heavy bombardment throughout the
night, while the Kuwaiti hospital there said Tuesday in an updated toll that
11 people had been killed and dozens of others injured in Israeli strikes.

Israel's army then said Tuesday ground troops were carrying out an operation
in eastern Rafah.

Beijing on Tuesday said China "expresses grave concern over Israel's planned
launch of a ground military operation against Rafah".

"War and violence cannot fundamentally solve the problem and cannot bring
about true security," Lin said.


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