An Israeli army Merkava tank rolls along the border between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on July 28, 2014. (AFP/David Buimovitch)
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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Monday urged Israel and Hamas to build on a lull in fighting in Gaza to lay the groundwork for talks on a lasting peace.A tenuous cease-fire for Eid al-Fitr saw relative calm in the Gaza Strip, with only two reported deaths after Israeli jets struck three sites in Gaza Monday after a rocket was launched at Israel.The airstrikes followed an almost 12-hour pause in the fighting and came as international efforts intensified to end the three-week war between Israel and Hamas.Israel's military said it struck two rocket launchers and a rocket manufacturing facility in central and northern Gaza after a rocket hit southern Israel earlier in the day. The military said eight rockets had been fired from Gaza at Israel since midnight Sunday.Israeli U.N. ambassador Ron Prosor also criticized the statement -- though from a very different perspective -- saying it lacked balance because it didn't mention Hamas, the firing of rockets into Israel or Israel's right to defend itself.
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