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UN chief welcomes ceasefire declaration by Israel, Hamas

Israeli forces run during clashes with Israeli Arabs in the Israeli mixed city of Lod, Israel,

United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the ceasefire declared between Israel and Palestinian militant group Hamas, following 11 days of rocket and air attacks.

The attacks have left more than 240 reportedly dead and thousands injured, with the majority in the occupied Palestinian enclave of Gaza.

Guterres disclosed this to correspondents at the UN Headquarters in New York, a few minutes before the negotiated ceasefire was due to take effect.

I welcome the ceasefire between Gaza and Israel, after 11 days of deadly hostilities,’’ he said.

He extended his deepest condolences to all the victims of the violence, and their loved ones, across Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.

According to latest news reports, at least 232 Palestinians, including more than 60 children have been killed since violence erupted across the Gaza-southern Israeli border on Monday.

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