China expressed its concern over the escalating tension in Jerusalem, calling on the parties to exercise restrain.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a press release, published by the Saudi Press Agency, “SPA” today, Monday, that China expresses its concern about the escalation of tension between Palestine and Israel.
“We call for calm and restraint to prevent more casualties in the clashes, expressing Its hope that the international community will facilitate the resumption of bilateral negotiations on the basis of the two-state solution and in accordance with the United Nations resolutions,” She added.
More than 200 Palestinians were wounded outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem as Israeli police fired rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas, and stun grenades towards rock-hurling protesters.
Tens of thousands of worshippers had earlier packed Islam’s third-holiest site on the final Friday of Ramadan and many stayed on to protest against Israeli plans to evict Palestinian families from their homes on land claimed by Jewish settlers in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem.
Palestinians have staged a series of sit-ins in the area in recent days denouncing Israeli orders for them to vacate their homes. Israeli security forces have attacked the sit-ins using skunk water, tear gas, rubber-coated bullets, and shock grenades. Dozens of Palestinians have been arrested.