BEIJING: China on Tuesday expressed serious concern over the violent clashes in the Gaza Strip that left dozens of Palestinians dead and called on both Israel and Palestine to exercise restraint.
Israeli forces killed 59 Palestinians during clashes and protests along the Gaza border against the US embassy opening in Jerusalem, in the deadliest escalation of violence since 2014.
China is seriously concerned about the confrontations that caused mass casualties and opposes violent action targeting civilians, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told media here today.
“We have called on both Israel and Palestine, especially the Israeli side, to keep restraint to avoid further escalation of tensions,” Lu said.
He said the issue of Jerusalem’s status and ownership is highly complicated and sensitive.