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UN pledges to rebuild Gaza for 'last time'

Published on Aug 7, 2014 12:39 AM
 

UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) - The United Nations is ready to help rebuild Gaza but for the last time, UN chief Ban Ki-moon warned on Wednesday.

Ban opened a special meeting of the United Nations General Assembly with an appeal for a lasting peace as a 72-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas was holding for a second day.

"The senseless cycle of suffering in Gaza and the West Bank, as well as in Israel, must end," he told the 193-nation assembly.

After three wars in Gaza in six years, the UN secretary-general warned that the world's patience with both the Israelis and the Palestinians was being tested.

A Palestinian man salvages gas canisters from the ruins of buildings destroyed by what police said were Israeli air strikes and shelling in Khuzaa, east of Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip August 3, 2014. UN chief Ban Ki-moon said the world's patience is being tested and that "the senseless cycle of suffering in Gaza and the West Bank, as well as in Israel, must end". -- PHOTO: REUTERS
 
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