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China says communicating with all parties of Gaza conflict

October 27, 2023 at 4:06 pm

China’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning addresses a press conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, in [PEDRO PARDO/AFP via Getty Images]

China, on Friday, refused to give a clear response to whether Beijing will hold talks with the Palestinian Resistance group, Hamas, Anadolu Agency reports.

China is in communication with all parties concerned in the Palestinian issue

said Mao Ning, spokeswoman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

Beijing will “continue to make unremitting efforts to call on relevant parties to make joint efforts to push for an early ceasefire,” Mao said, according to Beijing-based daily, Global Times.

China’s ambiguous statement came a day after representatives of Hamas held talks with Russian diplomats in Moscow.

Amid the ongoing armed conflict between Israel and Palestine, Beijing’s Special Envoy to the Middle East, Zhai Jun, met officials in Saudi Arabia on Thursday.

Current situation between Palestine and Israel is grim. China is saddened by the large number of civilian casualties caused by the conflict and the deterioration of the humanitarian situation

Zhai told Saudi Deputy Foreign Minister, Waleed Al-Khuraiji, in Riyadh.

The conflict in Gaza began when Hamas initiated Operation Al-Aqsa Flood – a multi-pronged surprise attack on 7 October that included a barrage of rocket launches and infiltrations into Israel by land, sea and air.

Hamas said the incursion was in retaliation for the storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and growing violence by Israeli settlers against Palestinians.

The Israeli military then launched a relentless bombardment of Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip.

Over 8,700 people have been killed in the conflict, including at least 7,326 Palestinians and 1,400 Israelis.

Gaza’s 2.3 million residents have been running out of food, water, medicine and fuel, and aid convoys allowed into Gaza have carried only a fraction of what is needed.

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