Ban Ki-moon reinforces UN call for cease-fire in Gaza

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon spoke Monday in New York City.

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The UN chief accused Israeli and Hamas leaders of being irresponsible and ‘‘morally wrong’’ for letting people get killed.

A Palestinian boy mourned next to the grave of his brother, who medics said was killed during the Israeli offensive.

For Israeli Arabs, torn loyalties amid fear

Tensions have risen since the latest round of fighting between Israel and Hamas militants began on July 8.

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US officials said the secretary of state had in no way abandoned key Israeli needs in his latest bid to secure a cease-fire.

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