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BEIJING — China has condemned the fatal IDF raid on a flotilla of Gaza-bound ships in which at least nine people were killed and dozens wounded.
"China is appalled and condemns the Israeli navy's attack on the Turkish fleet shipping humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip," Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said in a statement late Monday.
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Beijing's condemnation of the raid contrasts with the cautious
position it has taken amid rising
tensions between its neighbors
. China has expressed no support for
proposed UN sanctions against ally North Korea over its alleged sinking
of a South Korean warship.
"China urges Israel to abide by the
relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council in every detail, and
improve the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip," Ma said.
Beijing is not traditionally a heavyweight in Middle East diplomacy,
China in recent years has become more active, seeing stability in the
Middle East as helping to secure the oil and gas imports the Chinese
economy relies on.
China has previously criticized the
government's move to build in east Jerusalem, saying it poses new
obstacles to the Middle East peace process.
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