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    U.N. council calls for immediate Gaza cease-fire

    July 28, 2014

    The United Nations Security Council late Monday called for an "immediate and unconditional" cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian militants. The call comes amid reports that military action by both sides has slowed in recent hours, International Media reports said.

    The Security Council called for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" at its meeting just after midnight Monday morning and urged Israel and Hamas "to accept and fully implement the humanitarian cease-fire into the Eid period and beyond."


    The Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, celebrating the completion of monthlong dawn-to-dusk fasting for Ramadan, begins Monday and Hamas said Sunday it agreed to hold fire ahead of the holiday.


    The Security Council's resolution comes during reports of a slowing in the fighting. The Israeli military said Monday it hadn't carried out any attacks in Gaza since Sunday night, while Hamas had fired a single rocket early Monday, the Associated Press reports.


    The Israeli military was continuing operations to dismantle Hamas' cross-border tunnels, however.


    Both sides agreed to a 12-hour lull Saturday, but they were unable to extend the truce.


    Hamas said that "due to the lack of commitment" by Israel, it resumed its fire. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Hamas showed it could not be trusted.


    "Israel is not obliged and is not going to let a terrorist organization decide when it's convenient to fire at our cities, at our people, and when it's not," Netanyahu said on Fox News Sunday.


    President Obama urged a "humanitarian ceasefire" during a phone call with Netanyahu.(KH)

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