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China values international water cooperation: spokeswoman

2024-05-27 16:48 Last Updated At:19:37

China attaches great importance to international water cooperation and is committed to working with countries to address relevant challenges, said a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman on Monday.

Mao Ning, the spokeswoman, made the comment over the 10th World Water Forum 2024 held in Indonesia's Bali last week. "The forum received positive response and extensive participation from the international community. It provides an important platform for the world to address water challenges, build water-related consensuses, and share successful water governance experiences. In recent years, extreme weather events have frequently occurred around the world, and the complexity and uncertainty of floods and droughts have significantly increased. The Chinese government attaches great importance to international water cooperation and is committed to working with countries including Indonesia to jointly address the challenges of climate change," Mao said.

The spokeswoman mentioned extensive exchanges and cooperation between China and Indonesia over water resource management and natural disaster prevention in recent years, which she noted is of great significance to promoting sustainable economic and social development.

"Water resources are the cornerstone of mankind's survival and development. China is willing to strengthen pragmatic water cooperation with other countries around the world, exchange water management concepts, discuss good water management concepts, share water management experience, and jointly build a water management platform to accelerate the implementation of water-related goals of the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We will work together to build an open, inclusive, clean and beautiful world of lasting peace, universal security, and common prosperity," Mao said.

China values international water cooperation: spokeswoman

China values international water cooperation: spokeswoman

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Israeli army may have repeatedly violated laws of war in Gaza: UN report

2024-06-20 02:18 Last Updated At:06:17

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) may have repeatedly violated fundamental principles of the laws of war in a series of prohibited indiscriminate attacks on Gaza, according to a report issued by the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Office on Wednesday.

Released during the 56th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, the report details six notable attacks targeting Gaza's residential buildings, a school, refugee camps, and a market between Oct 9 and Dec 2, 2023, which involved the suspected use of GBU-31, GBU-32 and GBU-39 bombs.

"The report details six emblematic attacks involving the suspected use of GBU-31s, or 2,000-pound bombs, GBU-32 1,000-pound bombs, and GBU-39, 250-pound bombs from the 9th of October to the 2nd of December 2023 on residential buildings, a school, refugee camps, and a market," said Jeremy Laurence, the spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), at a press briefing in Geneva.

GBU-31, 32 and 39 bombs are mostly used to penetrate through several floors of concrete and can completely collapse tall structures. Given how densely populated the areas targeted were, the use of an explosive weapon with such wide area effects is highly likely to amount to a prohibited indiscriminate attack, the report finds.

The OHCHR has reported that at least 218 deaths have been confirmed as a direct consequence of the six attacks. However, it cautioned that the actual death toll is likely to be significantly higher.

"The report concludes that these Israeli strikes indicate that the IDF may have repeatedly violated fundamental principles of the laws of war. In this connection, it notes that unlawful targeting when committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack against a civilian population, in line with a State or organizational policy, may also implicate the commission of crimes against humanity," said Laurence.

The report also says that such unlawful targeting may also implicate the commission of crimes against humanity.

"Israel's choices of methods and means of conducting hostilities in Gaza since the 7th of October, including through the extensive use of explosive weapons with wide area effects in densely populated areas, have failed to ensure that they effectively distinguish between civilians and fighters," said Laurence.

"It became very clear to us that the nature of weapons that were used, especially on a wide area, that have a wide area effect, is extremely dangerous in the context of Gaza, and we have been saying this, in several reports and statements, that Gaza is a very densely populated area. And in these six incidents, we had sufficient information to demonstrate, the civilian casualties, both in terms of the deaths as well as injuries, and where we felt that the principles of international humanitarian law, particularly precaution, distinction, proportionality, were not necessarily followed," said Ajith Sunghay, an official with the OHCHR in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

Although the report primarily focuses on Israel, it also highlights that Palestinian armed groups have continued to fire rockets indiscriminately towards Israel, inconsistent with their obligations under international humanitarian law.

Israeli army may have repeatedly violated laws of war in Gaza: UN report

Israeli army may have repeatedly violated laws of war in Gaza: UN report

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