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U.N. chief 'regrets' escalation of Israel, Palestinian hostilities

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Reuters

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday (July 17) urged Israel to do more to stop Palestinian civilian deaths as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed the military to begin a ground offensive in Gaza.

"I regret that despite my repeated urgings, and those of many regional and world leaders together, an already dangerous conflict has now escalated even further," Ban said. "I urge Israel to do far more to stop civilian casualties."

Israel and Palestinian militants in the densely populated enclave have been fighting a cross border war for 10 days.

The Israeli military says Gaza militants have fired more than 1,300 rockets into Israel. Palestinian health officials say 233 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli air and naval strikes. One Israeli civilian has been killed by fire from Gaza.

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