KEY POINTS
  • "Every country has the right to self-defense, but every country should abide by international humanitarian law and protect the safety of civilians," China Foreign Minister Wang Yi was reported to have told his Israeli counterpart Eli Cohen in a call on Monday.
  • Wang convened calls with Cohen and his Palestinian National Authority counterpart Riyad al-Maliki ahead of talks with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and national security advisor Jake Sullivan in Washington.
General view of buildings which were destroyed during Israeli air raids in the southern Gaza Strip on October 23, 2023 in Khan Yunis, Gaza.

China urged Israel to abide by international humanitarian law and protect the safety of Palestinian civilians in its war against the Hamas militant group, and called for peace talks between the two sides.

"Every country has the right to self-defense, but every country should abide by international humanitarian law and protect the safety of civilians," China Foreign Minister Wang Yi reportedly said in a call with his Israeli counterpart Eli Cohen on Monday.