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Israel continues military operations in southern, central Gaza

2024-06-06 09:18 Last Updated At:15:37

The Israeli military continued the operations in southern and central Gaza on Wednesday, killing dozens of people, according to sources.

The Israel Defense Forces said that they found several tunnel shafts and a large amount of weapons in recent targeted operations in Rafah.

On the same day, Israel launched ground and air strikes at the Al-Bureij refugee camp and eastern Deir al-Balah, killing a number of Palestinian militants, destroying rocket and mortar launchers, and locating several tunnel shafts.

Israel's military operation in central Gaza caused at least 44 deaths since Tuesday, Gaza's health authorities said on Wednesday, and residents in Deir al-Balah said that Israel's overnight attacks killed many people in their sleep.

Also on Wednesday, according to information from armed groups in Gaza, the military wing of Hamas, the Al-Qassam Brigades, used rocket projectiles to attack the Israeli army to the east of Deir al-Balah, and armed personnels of the Fatah party launched attacks on the Israeli army near the Al-Bureij refugee camp.

In Rafah, Palestinian militants also launched attacks against the Israeli military and had close fights with them.

A total of 36,586 people in Gaza have been killed and 83,074 others injured in the ongoing Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, according to a statement by health authorities in the Palestinian enclave on Wednesday.

Israel continues military operations in southern, central Gaza

Israel continues military operations in southern, central Gaza

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China's Xinjiang sees foreign trade value up 48.4 pct in first half of 2024

2024-07-18 18:36 Last Updated At:19:07

The total import and export value of goods in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region grew by 48.4 percent year on year, reaching 200 billion yuan (about 27.56 billion U.S. dollars) in the first half of 2024.

This robust growth is attributed to the high-level opening up of Xinjiang, which has advanced connectivity between China and other countries, the prominent role played by the grand channels to the west, and optimized foreign trade methods.

In the first half of the year, Xinjiang traded with 205 countries and regions. Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan topped the list of trade partners, with growth rates of 45.8 percent and 8.7 percent, respectively.

Data shows that the volume of imports and exports through Xinjiang's ports reached 39.338 million tons, marking an 11.9 percent increase. According to railway authorities, 4,691 China-Europe Railway Express trains and 3,055 China-Asia Railway Express trains passed through the Alashankou and Khorgos ports, reflecting year-on-year growth rates of 10.1 percent and 5.3 percent, respectively.

Additionally, the import and export volumes by road, water, rail, and air transport in Xinjiang increased by 14.8 percent, 257.2 percent, 62.4 percent, and 18 percent, respectively.

The pilot free trade zones and comprehensive bonded zones have become important engines driving Xinjiang's foreign trade.

In the first half of the year, Xinjiang's free trade zones (FTZs) had a combined import and export value of 72.82 billion yuan (about 10.03 billion U.S. dollars), accounting for 33 percent of the total value of Xinjiang's foreign trade.

During the same period, the total import and export value of the four bonded zones in Kashgar, Khorgos, Alashankou, and Urumqi reached 95.39 billion yuan (about 13.14 billion U.S. dollars), up by 58.1 percent, accounting for 43.2 percent of the region's trade.

Cross-border small-volume trade, general trade, bonded logistics, and other trade modes have become more balanced, further optimizing the foreign trade structure.

China's Xinjiang sees foreign trade value up 48.4 pct in first half of 2024

China's Xinjiang sees foreign trade value up 48.4 pct in first half of 2024

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