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China expresses concern over situation in Gaza

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

today expressed serious concern over the violent clashes in the Strip that left dozens of Palestinians dead and called on both and Palestine to exercise restraint.

Israeli forces killed 59 Palestinians during clashes and protests along the border against the opening in Jerusalem, in the deadliest escalation of violence since 2014.

is seriously concerned about the confrontations that caused mass casualties and opposes violent action targeting civilians, told media here today.

"We have called on both 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.

"The Chinese side holds that in accordance with the relevant resolutions, peace talks between Palestine and should be resumed as soon as possible and the final status of should be settled through dialogues," he said.

supports the just cause of the Palestinian people to restore their legitimate national rights, and supports the establishment of a fully sovereign, independent State of Palestine based on the 1967 borders with East as its capital, he said.

China stands ready to work with relevant parties of the international community to make contributions to the final proper settlement of the Palestine issue.

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 17:30 IST