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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — In Libya, militias armed with shoulder-launched missiles are battling for control of the country's main airport. In Africa, the entire Sahel region is awash with weapons that include portable air defense systems leftover from the ouster of Moammar Gadhafi.
A rocket fired from Gaza on Tuesday led airlines to halt flights to Israel, as the UN chief urged an end to a conflict that has killed more than 630 Palestinians. As the violence entered its third week, the United States and Egypt discussed ceasefire proposals in Cairo, and the Palestinian leadership sought to coax Hamas to end hostilities. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on a visit to Tel Aviv, appealed to Israel and the Islamist movement to "stop fighting" and "start talking," but neither side appeared willing to do so. Israel insisted it would press on with its punishing aerial and ground assault until it destroys cross-border tunnels used by Gaza militants to attack the Jewish state, while Hamas continued to fire rockets and inflicted more casualties on the army.