China Urges Israeli-Palestinian Ceasefire

Tehran, July 14 (QNA) – China called for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians as their clashes have caused heavy casualties.

A Chinese Middle East envoy Wu Sike said China is deeply concerned about the escalating conflict between the two sides, which should be resolved through peace talks, according to China’s (Xinhua) News Agency.

Tensions along the Israel-Gaza border have been mounting after Israel blamed Islamist militant group Hamas in the Gaza Strip for the abduction and murder of three Jewish teenagers last month.

China has been opposed to the use of force against civilians and believed that the violence will only deepen their hatred and hostility, Wu told the Chinese media in Iran.

The ongoing conflict highlighted the importance and urgency of resumption of Israeli-Palestinian talks, he said, calling on both sides to exercise utmost restraint.

The Chinese envoy is on a Middle East tour, which has taken him to Iraq and Turkey. (QNA)

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