BEIJING – China on Wednesday condemned an Israeli attack in Lebanon that killed one Chinese U.N. observer.
"We are deeply shocked by this incident and strongly condemn it," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said in a statement on the ministry Web site.
An Israeli bomb destroyed a U.N. observer post with four staff inside on the border in southern Lebanon on Tuesday. China's official Xinhua News Agency identified the Chinese fatality as Du Zhaoyu, a member of a U.N. peacekeeping mission.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry statement said Israel's ambassador to Beijing was summoned Wednesday morning and asked to convey Beijing's request that Israel fully investigate the incident and issue an apology to the victim's relatives.
It called on Israel to ensure the safety of U.N. peacekeepers in Lebanon.