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Chinese vice president meets Cambodian deputy PM

2024-05-24 21:10 Last Updated At:21:37

Chinese Vice President Han Zheng met with Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sok Chenda Sophea in Beijing on Friday.

Han noted that China and Cambodia are good neighbors, good friends and good partners. Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni and Prime Minister Hun Manet twice last year, and has maintained strategic communication with Samdech Techo Hun Sen, he said, adding that they reached important consensus on building a high-quality, high-level, and high-standard China-Cambodia community with a shared future in the new era.

China attaches great importance to and is committed to deepening comprehensive strategic cooperation with Cambodia, Han said.

China is willing to continuously enrich the Diamond Hexagon cooperation framework, promote synergy between the Belt and Road Initiative and Cambodia's Pentagonal Strategy, advance projects to build the Industrial Development Corridor and the Fish and Rice Corridor, organize a series of activities for the China-Cambodia People-to-People Exchange Year 2024, and promote greater development in building the China-Cambodia community with a shared future, Han added.

Sok Chenda Sophea said the new Cambodian government will make every effort to carry forward the traditional friendship between Cambodia and China, firmly abide by the one-China principle, strengthen practical cooperation with China in various fields and push forward bilateral relations.

Chinese vice president meets Cambodian deputy PM

Chinese vice president meets Cambodian deputy PM

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Palestinian families face sunstroke, dreadful conditions after fleeing Rafah

2024-06-14 19:29 Last Updated At:19:37

⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Palestinians forced to leave their homes in Gaza's southern city of Rafah prior to Israel initiating its ground operation in the city are facing immense hardships due to limited access to electricity, water shortages, and the risk of sunstroke.

Earlier in May, Israel called on Palestinians in Rafah to evacuate and head to what it calls an expanded humanitarian area in Al-Mawasi, west of Rafah, as the military was pressing ahead with its plans for a ground attack on the city at that time.

Nearly half a million Palestinians have fled Rafah since then, according to the UN. Many had already been displaced multiple times, but had to pack up and head into uncertainty again.

"They called us and asked us to leave. We fled without taking anything with us. Once we arrived here, they warned us not to stay in the tent as the war zone was dangerous. We walked all the way here without any transport. As we didn't find any vehicles to take us, we had to evacuate on foot. Due to my high blood pressure, the exposure to the sun was extremely uncomfortable for me. I developed a severe headache along the way," said Umm Mahmoud Hani, a displaced Gaza resident.

"We had been staying at home. They utilized loudspeakers to broadcast messages and distributed flyers, urging us to evacuate towards the west, where they said is much safer. So we packed in a hurry. It was difficult to take everything with us, so we just picked some important stuff. Then we arrived here," said Enas Abdel Ghaffar, another resident.

Even after the challenging journey, the displaced families are enduring extremely harsh living conditions at the humanitarian site. "To be honest, life here can hardly be considered living. As you can see, there is no water or electricity. Everything is terrible. The children are exposed to the sun for the whole day. The sun is scorching, and the children have to live in such conditions. It is very hot, especially in the current season. We have to keep driving away flies from the children. Some of them catch a fever, and some even have diarrhea. My youngest son is suffering from both. I think this is because of sunstroke. There is no cover here, and we are exposed to the sun all day," said Ghaffar.

Palestinian families face sunstroke, dreadful conditions after fleeing Rafah

Palestinian families face sunstroke, dreadful conditions after fleeing Rafah

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