China Criticizes Israel for Inflicting “Heavy Casualties” on Innocent “Women and Children”
UNITED NATIONS, July 18 (Xinhua) — A Chinese envoy on Friday urged Israel and Palestine to immediately achieve a ceasefire, avoid any military ground operations and other actions that may lead to further escalation in the Gaza Strip.
Liu Jieyi, China’s permanent representative to the United Nations, made the appeal at an emergency meeting of the Security Council on the situation in the Middle East.
“In spite of repeated calls from the international community, Israel has continued with its large scale aerial bombardments against Gaza and has launched a ground invasion into Gaza leading to heavy civilian causalities including those of women and children,” said Liu, expressing China’s deep concern and sadness at this development.
“China condemns any abuse of force, whatever the excuse is, any action that causes heavy causalities among innocent civilians is unacceptable,” he said. “Instead of solving problems, force will only lead to more bloodshed and destruction and greater hatred.”
Liu also voiced China’s disappointment that the humanitarian truce did not lead to a sustained ceasefire.
“We urge parties concerned to immediately cease hostilities, withdraw their ground troops from Gaza, completely lift the blockade against Gaza and give access to UN and other international humanitarian aid agencies so as to ease the misery of the local population,” Liu stressed.
“As the dominant force, Israel must take proactive actions and create necessary conditions for the re-launch of peace talks,” Liu said…