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  8/11/2014, Av 15, 5774

UN Chief Welcomes Ceasefire, Urges Long-Term Truce

United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Sunday welcomed the news of a fresh 72-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, urging the two sides to work towards a longer-term truce.

Ban "expresses his strong hope that this will give the two sides, under Egyptian auspices, another chance to agree on a durable ceasefire for the benefit of all civilian populations and as a starting point to address the underlying grievances on both sides," a statement from his spokesman quoted by AFP said.