The Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Gaza released a statement on Saturday welcoming the 12- hour cease-fire.

"We owe to the people of of both Israel and Gaza our renewed effort to consolidate this pause in fighting into a more sustainable ceasefire," the statement read, adding that both parties needed to extend the pause and "tackle the root causes of the crisis."

The UN Chief called for an end to the blockade of and the closure on Gaza and for a viable two-state solution based on mutual peace and security.

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