UN urges Israel and Hamas to 'stop dangerous escalation'

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Israel and Hamas to "stop this dangerous escalation," a U.N. spokesman said.

He described rocket attacks as "unacceptable" and urged "maximum restraint" by Israel.

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Israel-Hamas ceasefire deal

Egypt has announced a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas that is set to begin at 7pm UK time. The announcement was made by the Egyptian foreign minister in Cairo alongside US Secretary if State Hillary Clinton.