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U.N. chief condemns reported Hamas breach of Gaza ceasefire
August 1, 2014 / 4:26 PM / 3 years ago

U.N. chief condemns reported Hamas breach of Gaza ceasefire

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks to the media in San Jose July 30, 2014. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned on Friday the reported violation by Islamist Hamas militants of a 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza and demanded the immediate, unconditional release of a captured Israeli soldier.

“He is shocked and profoundly disappointed by these developments,” U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. “The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the resumption of Israeli attacks on Gaza.”

“The Secretary-General urges both sides to show maximum restraint and return to the agreed 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire that tragically lasted such a brief period of time,” Dujarric said.

Reporting by Michelle Nichols

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