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Smoke rises from an area where Israeli missiles landed in Gaza Wednesday, July 16, 2014. (Photo: CNN)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council has called for “an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire” in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas.

The council adopted the presidential statement at an emergency meeting just after midnight on Monday as Muslims started celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

The call for a cease-fire follows new attacks launched by Israel and Hamas despite going back and forth over proposals for another temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting.

The statement agreed to by all 15 council members urges Israel and Hamas “to accept and fully implement the humanitarian cease-fire into the Eid period and beyond.”

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