Smoke and a ball of fire rise after a strike in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday, July 9, 2014.(AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will brief the U.N. Security Council on Thursday on the escalating Israeli and Palestinian hostilities, which he described as a "troubling and volatile" situation.The 15-member body will meet at 10 a.m. (1400 GMT) on Thursday to discuss the violence that is building up to the most serious hostilities between Israel and Hamas militants in gaza since an eight-day war in 2012 . Rwanda, which is president of the council for July, said there would be a public briefing by Ban and the Israeli and Palestinian U.N. ambassadors before closed-door consultations. Israeli air strikes shook gaza every few minutes on Wednesday, and militants kept up rocket fire at Israel's heartland in intensifying warfare that Palestinian officials said has killed at least 47 people.
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