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China calls on Israel to halt military operations in Rafah, Gaza

Beijing, Feb 13 (Prensa Latina) The Chinese Foreign Ministry (FM) called on Israel on Tuesday to halt military operations immediately and avoid a more devastating humanitarian catastrophe on southern Gaza's Rafah.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson’s Office issued a release to ratify its condemnation of acts against civilians and international law.

The FM also stressed that it is closely following these events and called on Israel to avoid casualties among innocent civilians.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) assured that the total number of people gathered in Rafah now represents six times the population before the outbreak of hostilities on October 7, 2023.

On Monday, more than 100 Palestinians were killed in airstrikes on that border demarcation with Egypt, during an air operation to free two prisoners who were being held by the Palestinian resistance.

The air campaign aimed to provide cover for ground troops advancing on the city, according to Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson Daniel Hagari, who announced the release of Fernando Simon Marman and Norberto Louis Har.