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China urges UN to act on Israel-Palestinian conflict

Following China's appeal and despite resistance from the United States, the UN Security Council will hold a public emergency meeting on Friday after earlier council meeting ended without joint statement

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Published: 05.13.21 , 16:59
China on Thursday expressed a "high degree of concern" over deadly clashes between Israel and Palestinians and urged the United Nations Security Council to do more to de-escalate tensions and implement a two-state solution.
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  • The most intense hostilities in seven years have killed at least 83 people in Gaza and seven in Israel since Monday.
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    An IAF strike on Gaza on Thursday
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    On Friday the Security Council is to hold another emergency meeting after Tunisia, Norway and China urged the body to reconvene despite resistance from the United States, which acts as a diplomatic shield for ally Israel.
    An earlier emergency meeting held Wednesday ended without agreement on a joint statement due to opposition from the United States, diplomats said.
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    Rockets being fired from Gaza into Israeli territory on Thursday
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    "China expresses a high degree of concern regarding the current situation between Palestine and Israel," said foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying, adding that China was ready to draft and circulate a statement on behalf of the body.
    "However, due to the obstruction of individual countries, no agreement has been reached so far," added Hua. "The Security Council should take action, reiterate its commitment to and firm support for the two-state solution."
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    Aftermath of an IDF air raid on Gaza on Thursday that destroyed a building
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    One of five permanent members of the UN Security Council, China holds the rotating presidency this month.
    Beijing is often criticized by the United States for vetoing Security Council statements including when it blocked an attempt to condemn the military coup in Myanmar.
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    Damaged caused by Gaza rocket fire in Petach Tikva overnight Wednesday
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    Friday's expected meeting will be public and include participation by Israel and the Palestinians, diplomats told AFP Wednesday.
    U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said a U.S. envoy would travel to the Middle East in an effort to calm tensions.

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