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China Faults Palestinian’s Death

August 28, 2001

BEIJING (AP) _ China, using unusually critical language, condemned Israel on Tuesday for killing a Palestinian militant in a missile attack.

``China always opposes any form of terrorism, Israel’s policy of tracking and killing militants and its continual assassinations of Palestinian leaders,″ Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhu Bangzao said, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.

Zhu called on Israel and the Palestinians to ``avoid unilateral actions″ and cooperate with international mediation efforts so peace talks can resume.

He said China _ a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council _ ``strongly condemns″ the killing Monday of Mustafa Zibri, a longtime associate of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

The 63-year-old leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine was the highest-ranking Palestinian militant slain in a months-long Israeli campaign of targeted killings.

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