Last week, China’s President Xi Jinping once again called for an immediate ceasefire in Israel’s war against Hamas and demanded Hamas release the hostages held in Gaza, CNN reported.
While giving remarks to the November 21 BRICS extraordinary virtual summit on the issue of Israel and the Palestinians, Xi said that given the “current situation,” it was necessary for the group to be “a voice of justice and peace” on the question of Israel and Palestine.
Xi called for an end to the violence and attacks on civilians from both sides and said steps should be taken to ensure humanitarian relief can safely enter Gaza. He also demanded that Israel halt its supposed “collective punishment” against the Palestinians in Gaza by restoring electricity, water, and oil to the territory.
The Chinese president reiterated his support for the so-called “two-state solution,” which he said would be the “ultimate way to solve the recurring conflicts” between Israel and the Palestinians. He insisted that without a just resolution for the Palestinian people, there could be no lasting peace in the region.
The virtual summit was attended by leaders of the BRICS nations, which are Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.
A 4-day ceasefire in Gaza to allow for the release of the hostages taken by Hamas began on November 24. It was later extended for another two days and set to expire at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 30.
However, just as the ceasefire was set to end, Israel and Hamas agreed to extend it for one additional day.
The previous evening, mediators from Qatar, Egypt, and the United States met in Doha hoping to extend the ceasefire to permit the release of further hostages.
Sixteen hostages were released on Wednesday, which brought the total released since the truce began to around one hundred.
As part of the agreement, Israel agreed to release Palestinian terrorists imprisoned in Israel. As of Wednesday, Israel freed 210 Palestinian prisoners.