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UN urges restraint after Hamas officials killed in Lebanon

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The UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon says it is deeply concerned about a potential escalation of violence

A spokesperson for Unifil says a wider conflict would have devastating consequences for both Israel and Lebanon, and urges all parties to show restraint

It comes after Hamas deputy leader Saleh al-Arouri was killed in a Beirut blast

Israel has not confirmed whether it was behind the explosion, but has described it as a “surgical strike” on Hamas

Lebanese Foreign Minister, Abdallah Bou Habib, has told the BBC his government has appealed to Hezbollah not to retaliate

At least 1,200 people were killed when Hamas attacked Israel on 7 October and about 240 others were taken hostage

The Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza says more than 22,000 people have been killed in the territory since Israel started its retaliatory campaign. (BBC)

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