A Chinese envoy on Wednesday called for restraint from Israel amid heightened tensions between Israel and Palestinians.
Zhang Jun, China’s permanent representative to the United Nations (UN), presided over closed-door consultations of the UN Security Council on Israeli-Palestinian tensions, the second time this week, in his capacity as council president for the month of May. Zhang also elaborated on China’s position, according to the Chinese UN mission.
Recent days have seen the continued deterioration of the situation in the occupied Palestinian territory. Escalating violence and tensions in East Jerusalem and serious conflicts in Gaza have caused massive civilian casualties. The Palestinian side has written many times to the Security Council, asking the council to pay more attention and take action, said Zhang.
China is deeply concerned with the situation in Palestine. China strongly condemns violence against civilians and calls on all relevant parties, especially Israel, to exercise restraint, he said.