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UN chief urges Israel to 'do far more' to spare Gaza civilians

Published on Jul 21, 2014 5:05 AM
 
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged Israel to "exercise maximum restraint" and spare civilian lives in its campaign in Gaza, where the Palestinian death toll on Sunday alone passed 100. -- PHOTO: AFP 

DOHA (AFP) - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged Israel to "exercise maximum restraint" and spare civilian lives in its campaign in Gaza, where the Palestinian death toll on Sunday alone passed 100.

He also condemned the "atrocious action" of Israel in Shejaiya, near Gaza City, where a blistering assault that started at dawn killed 62 people and wounded at least 250.

The United Nations chief made his remarks in Doha at the start of a regional trip aimed at pushing for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

"While I was en route to Doha, dozens more civilians, including children had been killed in Israeli military strikes in Shejaiya. I condemn this atrocious action," he told a news conference.

 
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