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Calls for cease-fire have no effect in Gaza

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Even as Hamas said it agreed to a UN-mediated cease-fire over the weekend, Israel cited 'incessant rocket fire' as a reason to restart its military ground operation. (Source: CNN) Even as Hamas said it agreed to a UN-mediated cease-fire over the weekend, Israel cited 'incessant rocket fire' as a reason to restart its military ground operation. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) - International calls for an end to the violence made no apparent headway in the Middle East.

The United Nations held an emergency meeting overnight, once again calling for an immediate cease-fire.

Even as Hamas said it agreed to a UN-mediated cease-fire over the weekend, Israel cited "incessant rocket fire" as a reason to restart its military ground operation.

"Hamas refused to stop the attacks. Israel agreed to five cease-fire proposals. Hamas rejected or broke all of them - even the ones that they requested by themselves," Ron Prosor, Israeli ambassador to the UN, said.

The UN Security Council held another emergency meeting overnight, issuing a presidential statement.

"The Security Council expresses strong support ... for an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire," UN Security Council President Eugene-Richard Gasana said.

Hamas had asked for a more strongly worded resolution.

"The status quo is not sustainable, and to return to the situation before this aggression is not sustainable. We need to see fundamental changes of the life of our people in the Gaza Strip," Riyad Mansour, permanent observer for Palestine to the UN, said.

For its part, Israel suggested sustainable peace could only come through demilitarizing Gaza.

"I said it, and I'll repeat it again: if it's going to be quiet in Israel, it's going to be quiet in Gaza. It's as simple as it gets," Prosor said.

As it has so often been shown, achieving a lasting peace in the Middle East is anything but simple.

Officials in Gaza say more than 1,000 Palestinians have died in the recent unrest. Most of them - nearly 75 percent - are believed to have been civilians.

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