China's foreign minister urges Israel, Hamas to stop fighting, says will provide aid to Gaza
Published on Aug 3, 2014 10:02 PM
CAIRO (AFP) - Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas on Sunday to stop fighting and urged the Jewish state to lift its blockade of Gaza.
Mr Wang made his comments at a press conference with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukri, whose government is hosting a Palestinian delegation for ceasefire talks snubbed by Israel.
"Both sides, the Israeli and the Palestinian, should immediately and comprehensively cease fire, including air strikes, ground operations and rocket fire to save the people and peace in the region," said Mr Wang, whose comments were translated into Arabic. "All actions that involve excessive use of force and that lead to civilian casualties are unacceptable."
Mr Wang also said Israel "should lift its blockade on Gaza, release Palestinian prisoners (but) at the same time Israel's security concerns must be considered".
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