Obama: focus in Gaza conflict must be on ceasefire

WASHINGTON Mon Jul 21, 2014 2:23pm EDT

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about Ukraine at the White House in Washington, July 21, 2014.  REUTERS/Larry Downing

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about Ukraine at the White House in Washington, July 21, 2014.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama repeated on Monday that Israel had the right to defend itself against rocket attacks from Hamas militants but said he had serious concerns about the growing number of civilian casualties resulting from the conflict.

"We have serious concerns about the rising number of Palestinian civilian deaths and the loss of Israeli lives, and that is why it now has to be our focus and the focus of the international community to bring about a ceasefire that ends the fighting and that can stop the deaths of innocent civilians," he told reporters at the White House.

(Corrects headline to say ceasefire)

(Reporting by Jeff Mason and Steve Holland; Editing by Susan Heavey)

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Comments (7)
euro-yank wrote:
The article title does not mesh with the article contents. Is the title wrong or the content edited beyond recognition?

Jul 21, 2014 11:41am EDT  --  Report as abuse
mcanterel wrote:
Remember when the Afrikaners were also considered right for decades by the USA, defending their Apartheid regime?

But shame on the African-American puppet! He coulda, shoulda done better! Looks like he can’t…

Jul 21, 2014 11:49am EDT  --  Report as abuse
boreal wrote:
Mr. Obama repeats the latest tiring Israeli mantra:

“Israel has the right to defend itself”.

All well, but in the meantime everyone forgets to ask, do they (Israel) have the God-given right also to commit crimes that out of politeness (or what) no one dares to notice, to move in halve a million Jewish squatters to stolen Palestinian lands, lock up the owners of the stolen land in a hermetically sealed concentration camp under the strictest military blockade?

Jul 21, 2014 12:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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