China has called for a large-scale and authoritative peace conference on the war in Gaza, while the militant group Hamas aired video of three Israeli hostages, including one who is half-Chinese, and said their fate would be disclosed today.


Speaking in Egypt at the weekend, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called for the formulation of a specific timetable and road map for the implementation of the ‘two-state solution’ and support for the prompt resumption of Israel-Palestinian peace talks.


Wang, currently travelling through Egypt, Tunisia, Togo and the Ivory Coast, said last week that President Xi Jinping had in-depth communication with the leaders of Saudi Arabia and Iran.


China’s top diplomat has also held talks with the Secretary-General of the Arab League and expressed concerns over the Red Sea.


Meanwhile, Gaza health ministry has said almost 24,000 people have been killed in the Israeli offensive that followed with more than 60,000 wounded.

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