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UN chief Antonio Guterres: Gaza ‘on brink of war’

In report sent to UN Security Council before Tuesday meeting, UN condemns Israeli use of force against Palestinians.

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged Israel and Hamas to recommit to a ceasefire that ended the 2014 war [EPA]

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that the escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip places the besieged enclave on the “brink of war”, as he urged Israel and Hamas to recommit to a 2014 ceasefire.

The UN chief said in a report obtained by news agencies that he is “shocked” by Israel’s use of live fire since border protests began in Gaza on March 30.

He said its military has “a responsibility to exercise maximum restraint” except as a last resort.

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