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China welcomes ceasefire, offers aid and COVID vaccines to the Palestinians

An Iraqi nurse prepares a shot of the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine in Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq, May 4, 2021 (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
An Iraqi nurse prepares a shot of the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine in Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq, May 4, 2021 (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Beijing welcomes the ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas, saying China hopes there will be a “cessation of violence” and a return to peace talks.

China says the international community now needs to “extend helping hands” to the region, and will commit $1 million in emergency aid and a further $1 million to UN relief efforts for the Palestinians.

It will also provide 200,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to the Palestinians.

“China welcomes the ceasefire between both sides in the Palestine-Israel conflict, and hopes the relevant parties will earnestly implement the ceasefire and cessation of violence,” foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian says at a press conference.

“The international community should promote the resumption of peace talks between Palestine and Israel, and achieve a comprehensive, just and lasting solution to the Palestine issue on the basis of the two state solution,” he adds.

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