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China urges the United States to stop making political overtures on humanitarian issues in Gaza

By Manal Abdel Fattah

Wang Wenbin, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, said the United States needs to abandon double standards on human rights issues and stop making political grandstands on humanitarian issues in Gaza.

Wang stated this in a regular press conference in response to a press statement issued by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, in which he said that the month of Ramadan comes at a time of conflict and pain for many Muslim communities, including the Uighurs in Xinjiang, the Rohingya in Burma and Bangladesh, and the Palestinians in Gaza.

Wang said that Xinjiang enjoys social stability, economic growth and harmony between different regions, stressing that the human rights of Uighurs and other ethnic groups there are fully protected.

He explained that Gaza, not Xinjiang, is the one suffering from the conflict. Millions of Muslims in Gaza are the ones suffering from hunger, displacement, and killing, not in Xinjiang.

Wang urged the United States to stop unilaterally obstructing the Security Council’s ceasefire efforts in Gaza.

He added: “What the United States needs to do is not issue a false statement regarding the month of Ramadan with empty words, but to take concrete actions to save the lives of Muslims in Gaza.”

The Israeli aggression against Gaza destroyed nearly half of the buildings in the Strip and turned the Palestinian enclave into an “uninhabitable” place, according to what the United Nations announced.

The UN agency estimates that even if the reconstruction process begins immediately and Gaza returns to the average growth rate of 0.4 percent it has witnessed in the past 15 years, it will take seven decades for the Palestinian enclave to return to the level of GDP it recorded in 2022. .

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development stated in a report that “the level of destruction resulting from the latest Israeli military operation has made the Gaza Strip uninhabitable.”

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development estimated that by the end of November, 37,379 buildings, equivalent to 18 percent of the total buildings in the Gaza Strip, had been destroyed or damaged.

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