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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday supported the Security Council's call for an immediate stop to the violence in Gaza that has left nearly 280 people dead and hundreds wounded.

A statement from Ban's office said he is "saddened" by the Palestinian casualties, among them one U.N. relief worker and eight trainees, and one Israeli death.

Early Sunday, the Security Council "expressed serious concern" and called for "an immediate halt to all violence" in reaction to violence in Gaza and southern Israel in recent days. The call fell short of the resolution the Palestinians requested. Read full article »

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