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World leaders react to Israel-Hamas cease-fire, pledge to rebuild

In a White House address, President Joe Biden pledged to rally international support for reconstruction efforts in the Gaza Strip.
A Palestinian man walks in a neighborhood hit by Israeli bombardment in Gaza City, after a ceasefire brokered by Egypt between Israel and Hamas, on May 21, 2021.

World leaders praised the cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian militant group Hamas, which ended 11 days of hostilities, but say now is the time for the two sides to build on the agreement for a lasting peace. 

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed the cease-fire, tweeting, “Israeli and Palestinian leaders have a responsibility beyond the restoration of calm to start a serious dialogue to address the root causes of the conflict.”

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