U.N. tries to halt Israeli defense

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Just after midnight Monday morning, the U.N. Security Council ratified a draft presidential statement calling for a cease-fire in Gaza, the first Security Council document on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since January 2009. Just hours after the agreement, however, Hamas reportedly fired a rocket that hit southern Israel, prompting Israel’s military to respond. Two rocket launchers and a rocket manufacturing plant in central and northern Gaza were struck, according to the Israel Defense Forces. The U.N. statement urged all sides of the conflict to “accept and fully implement the humanitarian cease-fire into the Eid period and beyond,” which would allow the delivery of humanitarian…

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