China Asks Israel to Stop Military Operation in Rafah ‘As Soon As Possible’

With a threat of a “serious humanitarian disaster” if fighting continued, China urged Israel on Tuesday to cease its military operation in the Gazan city of Rafah “as soon as possible.”

China opposes and condemns activities that damage civilians and violate international law, and it closely monitors the developments in the Rafah area, according to a statement from the foreign ministry spokeswoman.

“To cease its military operation as soon as possible, (and) make every effort to avoid innocent civilian casualties, in order to prevent a more serious humanitarian disaster in the Rafah area,” Beijing asked Israel to say.

Israel is facing growing international pressure to agree to a ceasefire with Hamas as it prepares for an incursion into Rafah, the southern Gaza border city where more than a million displaced Palestinians are trapped.

Israel conducted a predawn raid in Rafah on Monday that freed two hostages and killed around 100 people, after rejecting Hamas’s terms for a truce last week.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the overnight operation as “perfect”, while the Palestinian foreign ministry said the deaths of dozens of Gazans amounted to a “massacre”.

The rare rescue mission under heavy air strikes came hours after Netanyahu spoke with US President Joe Biden, who reiterated his opposition to a major assault on Rafah.

The United Nations has also warned Israel against carrying out a ground offensive into Rafah without a plan to protect civilians, who say they have nowhere left to go.

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