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Obama stresses need for Gaza cease-fire to Netanyahu

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 An Israeli tank moves near the border moments before a 24 hour ceasefire begins on July 27, 2014 on the Israeli/Gaza border, Israel. (Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images)

An Israeli tank moves near the border moments before a 24 hour ceasefire begins on July 27, 2014 on the Israeli/Gaza border, Israel. (Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is telling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the United States is growing more concerned about the rising number of civilian deaths in the Gaza war that is entering its third week.

The White House says Obama and Netanyahu spoke Sunday about the ongoing violence in the region and the worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza. Obama also reiterated that Israel has a right to defend itself and condemned Hamas’ rocket attacks.

Obama says a lasting peace will ultimately require a demilitarized Gaza and dismantling of terror groups. The U.S. president is also pushing for an immediate, unconditional cease-fire that would allow Israeli and Palestinian civilians to return to normalcy.

 

1 Comment

  • kevin mennor

    tired of hearing about this–build a wall around them–then fill it with the garbage problem we have.

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