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Air Raid Sirens Sound, UN Chief Urges Israeli-Palestinian Cease-Fire

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photo MGN-Online

JERUSALEM (AP) — Air raid sirens sound across Jerusalem, signaling rocket attack.

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says it is more urgent than ever to avoid another Israeli-Palestinian war and is urging both leaders to show statesmanship and agree to an immediate cease-fire.

The U.N. chief, addressing an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council, said Thursday the threat of an Israeli ground offensive and “an all-out escalation” in the Gaza Strip is preventable only if Hamas stops firing rockets and mortars into Israel.

Ban again condemned Hamas, which controls Gaza, and Islamic Jihad for a barrage of rockets and mortars. But in a clear message to Israel, Ban said “the excessive use of force and endangering of civilian lives are also intolerable.”

The secretary-general called for “bold thinking and creative ideas” and urged the world to accelerate efforts to immediately end the conflict.

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  • alpinequeen

    I recall reading an article in Time Magazine years ago, and they said there would not be a third world war. Instead, we’d have an ongoing series of proxy wars, border wars, ideological wars with some good old terrorism thrown in for good measure. And by golly, they were right!