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Netanyahu set to refute Gaza 'lies'

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has left Israel en route to the United Nations (UN) in New York, saying he will refute "all of the lies directed at us" with regard to his country's recently-concluded war with Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Mr Netanyahu is scheduled to address the UN General Assembly tomorrow.

His comments today come after Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in his own UN address on Friday claimed that Israel had conducted "a war of genocide" in Gaza.

With memories of the Nazi holocaust still fresh in Israel, use of the word "genocide" is regarded as particularly provocative.

The 50-day war between Israel and Hamas-led Islamic militants ended on August 26.

More than 2,100 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and 72 on the Israeli side, almost all soldiers, were killed during the conflict.

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