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China calls for large-scale peace conference to end war in Gaza

China calls for large-scale peace conference to end war in Gaza China's Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi (photo: GettyImages)

China's Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, has stated that the situation in Gaza is escalating, urging a comprehensive international peace conference, reports Reuters.

Following talks with Egypt's Foreign Minister, Wang Yi called for a more extensive, authoritative, and effective international peace conference, along with a specific timetable for the implementation of a resolution to establish two states to address the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

He believes that the international community should carefully listen to the legitimate concerns of countries in the region, stating that the future governance of Gaza should be a crucial step towards a resolution to establish two states.

Israel-Hamas war

As of October 7, Hamas militants invaded Israel, engaging in the killing and abduction of both military and civilian individuals. In response, Jerusalem declared Operation Iron Swords and conducted airstrikes on terrorist locations in the Gaza Strip.

On November 24, a temporary ceasefire between Jerusalem and the militants commenced for the release of prisoners, mediated by Qatar. However, on December 1, Israel claimed that hostilities were resumed due to Hamas violating the ceasefire terms.

On December 20, Israel proposed a one-week ceasefire to the Palestinians, but Hamas rejected the offer.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu outlined three conditions for ending the conflict against the Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.