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Fighting continues in Gaza, despite ceasefire calls Updated: 2014-07-28 22:07:46 KST

  Fighting continues in Gaza, despite ceasefire calls
The UN Security Council has called for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire [in Gaza]" to allow for the delivery of urgently needed assistance.
The statement comes after an emergency meeting early Monday as military operations resumed in the Gaza Strip despite calls for a truce.
Israeli tanks and soldiers are still positioned along the Israeli-Gaza border as talks over a temporary ceasefire broke down.
The 24-hour humanitarian truce proposed by Hamas early Sunday to mark the end of the Islamic Ramadan holiday was over by the afternoon with both sides exchanging fire.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu questioned the validity of the Hamas truce and said his country was "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.
International pressure is on for both parties to resolve the conflict.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spent last week in the Middle East, seeking a peaceful end to the violence.
U.S. President Barack Obama also spoke with Netanyahu by phone, calling for an immediate ceasefire.

Since the conflict flared up on July 8th more than one thousand Palestinians have been killed -- mostly civilians, including many women and children.
It's a scene of massive destruction--- as piles of rubble and debris--- are seen all around the Gaza Strip as the conflict shows no sign of letting up.
Connie Lee, Arirang News.
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