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Aug 1, 2014 1:02 PM

UN chief blames Hamas for breaking cease-fire

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is blaming Hamas for violating a humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza and is demanding the immediate and unconditional release of an Israeli soldier reportedly captured after it started.

Ban urges both sides "to show maximum restraint and return to the agreed 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire that tragically lasted such a brief period of time," U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

The U.N. chief condemns Hamas' reported violation of the cease-fire which "is likely to have very serious consequences for the people of Gaza, Israel and beyond," Dujarric said.

"Such moves call into question the credibility of Hamas' assurances to the United Nations," he said.

Dujarric said Ban is also deeply concerned at the resumption of Israeli attacks on Gaza and the killing of over 70 Palestinians Friday morning.

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