China condemns Israel's bombing of civilians
Updated: 2006-07-31 10:00
China has condemned Israel's bombing of civilians in southern Lebanon, and
called on the two sides to declare an immediate cease-fire.
"China strongly urges the two sides involved in the conflict to cease fire
immediately to avoid further disaster," Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao
said in a statement late Sunday.
An Israeli airstrike early Sunday on a three-story building in the south
Lebanese village of Qana killed 56 people, almost all of them women and
children, according to Red Cross officials and Lebanese police.
"The Chinese side strongly condemns this incident," Liu said in the statement
posted to the ministry's Web site.