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China says recurrent tragedies avoidable if Palestinians given justice

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying gestures during the daily Press conference at the Foreign Ministry in Beijing on 24 February 2022. [NOEL CELIS/AFP via Getty Images]
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying gestures during the daily Press conference at the Foreign Ministry in Beijing on 24 February 2022. [NOEL CELIS/AFP via Getty Images]

China, on Tuesday, said denying Palestinians justice was resulting in recurrent tragedies like the killing of Al Jazeera journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh, Anadolu News Agency reports.

China's deputy Foreign Minister, Hua Chunying, called for an end to more than 70 years of "historical injustice" to Palestinians.

Marking Nakba Day, Hua tweeted "had more importance and justice been given to the Palestinians, the tragedy of Shireen Abu Akleh could have been avoided."

Observed on 15 May annually, the Nakba Day, or the Catastrophe Day, marks the 1948 forced expulsion of nearly 800,000 Palestinians from their homes by Zionist gangs in historical Palestine.

This year, Nakba Day was observed four days after Abu Akleh was killed while covering an Israeli military raid in the West Bank city of Jenin.

Palestinian officials and her employer, Al Jazeera, say she was murdered by Israeli forces.

Many governments and international organisations have sought a transparent probe into the killing of Abu Akleh.

UN Special Rapporteur on Palestine, Francesca Albanese, called the killing "a potential war crime".

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