UN's Ban urges Israel, Hamas "to avoid steps which would lead to a return to violence."

By REUTERS
August 11, 2014 03:27




Following the beginning of the cease-fire at midnight on Monday, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in a statement, urged both Israel and Hamas  to "avoid any steps which would lead to a return to violence."

Ban expressed a "strong hope" the truce might lead to a "durable ceasefire for the benefit of all civilian populations and as a starting point to address the underlying grievances on both sides."

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