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US, UN condemn renewed Gaza-Israel attacks

Published:Saturday | August 9, 2014 | 9:39 AM

The US and UN have condemned the resumption of attacks between Gaza and Israel on Friday, urging both sides to cease hostilities.

Israel renewed strikes on Gaza soon after a three-day truce expired, saying it was in response to rocket fire by Hamas, which controls Gaza.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the parties should work towards a sustainable ceasefire.

Hamas says it rejected an extension to the truce because Israel had failed to meet its demands.

More than 1,900 of mostly civilian Palestinians have been killed in four weeks of violence in the Gaza Strip.

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