Obama: US Prepared to Broker Gaza Ceasefire

by Editor | July 11, 2014 1:52 am

BBC – The US is prepared to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza, President Barack Obama has said.

His comments came during a phone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Mr Netanyahu earlier said Israel’s operation was progressing as planned and “more stages were expected”.

More than 80 Gazans have been killed since Israel’s operation began on Tuesday, Palestinian officials say.

There have no reports of fatalities in Israel.

Israel says it hit more than 100 targets in Gaza on Thursday, while Palestinian militants have continued to fire rockets into Israel.

Israel launched its operation Protective Edge after a surge in rocket fire amid a crackdown on Hamas members in the West Bank last month, as Israel hunted for the abductors of three Israeli teenagers.

The teenagers were found murdered, and tensions were raised further with the killing of a Palestinian teenager in a suspected revenge attack days later.

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