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U.N. Chief 'Regrets' Escalation of Israel, Palestinian Hostilities

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."

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