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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Remarks on the Continuous Escalation of Palestine-Israel Conflict

Q: The past few days witnessed rising tensions between Palestine and Israel which have resulted in over 570 deaths of Palestinians and nearly 30 of Israelis. What is China's comment on this?

A: China is deeply worried about the heavy casualties caused by escalation of conflict between Palestine and Israel. An immediate ceasefire between relevant parties is the common call of the international community. The longer the conflict drags on, the more lives it will claim and more hatred it will accumulate. Any act that involves willful use of violence is unacceptable and reprehensible.

China once again strongly urges relevant conflicting parties to immediately respond to the ceasefire proposal and mediation efforts made by the international community, halt actions including air strikes, ground campaigns and launching of rockets, and take concrete moves to protect civilians.

China also contributes to the international efforts of promoting peace with China's Special Envoy on the Middle East Issue currently making intensive visits to regional countries. China will continue with its relentless efforts to push for a ceasefire between Palestine and Israel.

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