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Members of the United Nations Security Council will hold a public meeting on Sunday to discuss the ongoing conflict between Israeli and Palestinian forces after failing to reach consensus on a resolution during two meetings earlier this week. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appealed for immediate cease-fire in the region as violence between the two sides escalates for the fifth consecutive day.
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