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."

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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.