UN Secretary General on Gaza: Conflict Parties Should Exercise Maximum Restraint

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UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) - UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday called on the parties to conflict in Gaza to refrain from hostilities and restore peace as the clashes on border have intensified in recent days, his deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said.

 “The Secretary-General is following closely the latest security developments in Gaza. He urges all parties to exercise maximum restraint. The United Nations Special Coordinator, Nickolay Mladenov, is working closely with Egypt and all concerned parties to restore calm,” Haq said in a statement attributed to the secretary general.

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