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UN chief welcomes new truce in Gaza

Editor: Zhang Jianfeng 丨Xinhua

08-11-2014 10:55 BJT

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday welcomed another 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire brokered by Egypt, hoping that the new truce will lead to a durable one.

"The Secretary-General welcomes today's announcement by Egypt that the Israelis and the Palestinians have accepted another 72 hours' unconditional humanitarian cease-fire to commence at midnight local time," said a statement issued by Ban's spokesperson.

Ban expressed his strong hope that "this will give the two sides, under Egyptian auspices, another chance to agree on a durable cease-fire for the benefit of all civilian populations and as a starting point to address the underlying grievances."

He continued to urge all concerned to work constructively to this end, adding that the UN stands ready to assist in the implementation of an agreement that would consolidate peace and allow for much-needed reconstruction and development of Gaza.

Earlier in the day, Egypt got approval of both the Palestinians and Israelis for an extra 72-hour cease-fire in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

A previous 72-hour cease-fire brokered by Cairo ended on Friday morning.

The ongoing Israeli offensive on Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip has left over 1,900 Palestinians killed and about 10,000 others wounded, while Hamas' attacks killed 64 Israeli soldiers and three civilians.

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