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The Latest: UN envoy ‘urgently’ working to end Gaza fighting

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the new escalation between Israel and Gaza (all times local): 4:35 p.m. The U.N. Mideast envoy says negotiators are “working to urgently de-escalate” fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip. Nickolay Mladenov said in a statement Wednesday during a trip to Cairo that he was “very concerned about the ongoing and serious escalation” of hostilities. Mladenov was to meet with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi as part of efforts to broker a ceasefire. The heaviest round of fighting in months was triggered early Tuesday by Israel’s targeted killing of a senior Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza. Israel’s military says Islamic Jihad has...

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