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Foreign Ministry Spokesman Qin Gang's Remarks on the Current Israeli-Palestinian Situation

2008-03-04

Q: It is reported that Israel recently launched air and ground attacks in the Gaza Strip, causing severe casualties. The spokesman of Palestinian President Abbas announced that Palestine would suspend all contacts and negotiations with Israel. The UN Security Council held an emergency meeting on March 1, calling on the two sides to immediately end violence. Do you have any comment on the current Israeli-Palestinian situation?

A: China expresses grave concern over Israel's large-scale military operation in the Gaza Strip, which caused serious casualties of the Palestinian people. China is worried about the impact on the peace negotiation between Israel and Palestine. China calls for an immediate end of Israel's military operation in the Gaza Strip, and hopes that Israel and Palestine would exercise restraint to prevent the situation from further deteriorating. 

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