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Palestinian death toll from Israeli attacks in Gaza rises to 35,562

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Palestinian death toll from Israeli attacks in Gaza rises to 35,562

2024-05-21 09:43 Last Updated At:16:07

The Palestinian death toll from the ongoing Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip has risen to 35,562, health authorities in the Palestinian enclave said in a press statement on Monday.

Over the past 24 hours, the Israeli army killed 106 Palestinians and wounded 176 others, bringing the total death toll to 35,562 and injuries to more than 79,000 since the Palestinian-Israeli conflict broke out last October, said the statement.

The health authorities emphasized that the medical emergency and civil defense workers are facing challenges in carrying out rescue operation as a large number of casualties are buried under the rubbles and ruins.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on Monday said in a statement that the Israeli army continued to carry out military operations in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah and Jabalia in the northern Gaza.

Over the past day, Israeli airstrikes targeted about 80 targets in Gaza, including armed personnel, weapon storage facilities, rocket launch systems, and other infrastructures, said the statement.

In addition, Israeli forces claimed that, in collaboration with the Israeli intelligence department, they have killed two senior members of Hamas. However, Hamas has not made any response to it.

On Monday, Palestinian armed groups, including Hamas' military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades, and the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad Movement, the Al-Quds Brigades, launched sustained attacks against the Israeli military.

In Jabalia, the Palestinian armed personnel used mortar shells to attack the Israeli military vehicles assembled to the east of Jabalia, and engaged in intense clashes with the Israeli soldiers.

In the eastern part of Rafah, Palestinian armed personnel said they launched successive attacks on the gathering sites of Israeli troops and vehicles. They also ambushed a group of Israeli soldiers, resulting in multiple casualties among the Israeli soldiers.

Israeli military sources said on Monday that about 950,000 Palestinians have been evacuated from Rafah as a result of the ongoing military operations in the area.

Currently, there are still an estimated 300,000 to 400,000 civilians remaining in Rafah, with the majority concentrated in the city center and the coastal area to the west of Rafah, as stated by the sources.

The Times of Israel reported on Monday, citing an Israeli official, that Israel is considering sending a delegation to participate in the upcoming prisoner exchange and ceasefire negotiations in Gaza, which will take place in the Qatari capital of Doha next week.

However, Israeli authorities have not yet confirmed this information.

Palestinian death toll from Israeli attacks in Gaza rises to 35,562

Palestinian death toll from Israeli attacks in Gaza rises to 35,562

Palestinian death toll from Israeli attacks in Gaza rises to 35,562

Palestinian death toll from Israeli attacks in Gaza rises to 35,562

Palestinian death toll from Israeli attacks in Gaza rises to 35,562

Palestinian death toll from Israeli attacks in Gaza rises to 35,562

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Cargo throughput surges as China's ports streamline customs clearance

2024-07-20 07:14 Last Updated At:08:27

China's border ports have been implementing a range of cargo facilitation policies, leading to a surge in cargo throughput, with a nearly 57 percent year-on-year increase in the inspection of transportation vehicles in the first half of 2024.

According to the data recently released by the National Immigration Administration, China's ports inspected about 15.42 million vehicle, vessel, and train trips in the first six months of this year, a 56.9 percent jump from the same period last year.

The border ports have rolled out a series of measures to streamline customs clearance for cargo. At major land ports, fast lanes have been set up for the rapid release of critical supplies. At major seaports, online declaration has been enabled for border inspection boarding. In international shipping, arriving vessels can have much faster departures thanks to the efficient inspections.

The combined sea-rail transport model, utilizing maritime routes and the China-Europe freight train service, has made the port of Lianyungang in east China's Jiangsu Province one of the most convenient and economical gateways to the sea. It handles more than 80 percent of Kazakhstan's transit cargo to China.

At the port, containers carrying with auto parts, home appliances, and other products are offloaded, hoisted onto trucks, and then loaded onto China-Europe freight trains bound for destinations like Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

"From unloading to boarding the freight train, the entire process can now be completed in as little as eight minutes. These containers are expected to reach the border ports within six days, greatly reducing transportation time and cost," said a logistics company employee.

The Youyi Pass in the southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, also known as Friendship Pass, on the China-Vietnam border is an important cross-national trade channel. To enhance the clearance efficiency of imported fruits, the port has established "durian-only" channels and green channels for agricultural products, as well as an intelligent inspection assistance system. A Chinese cargo truck can now clear customs in just 15 seconds.

As the country's largest land port for fruit imports and exports, the Youyi Pass saw fruit imports worth 23.92 billion yuan (about 3.3 billion U.S. dollars) in 2023, a 262.9-percent surge year on year.

Pattama Narmwong, chairman of the Thai Mangosteen Association, noted that the greatly improved clearance efficiency has considerably cut down on transportation time and costs, supporting the burgeoning development of fruit trade between China and Southeast Asian nations.

Cargo throughput surges as China's ports streamline customs clearance

Cargo throughput surges as China's ports streamline customs clearance

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