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U.N. chief Guterres urges maximum restraint in Gaza - spokesman

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres delivers a speech during the opening session of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France November 12, 2018. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday urged all sides to exercise maximum restraint after Palestinians in Gaza fired scores of rockets and mortar bombs into southern Israel and Israel launched retaliatory air strikes, a U.N. spokesman said.

“He urges all parties to exercise maximum restraint. The United Nations Special Coordinator, Nickolay Mladenov, is working closely with Egypt and all concerned parties to restore calm,” Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for Guterres, said in a statement.

Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Writing by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Peter Cooney