(Corrects headline to say ceasefire)
WASHINGTON, July 21 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.
(Reporting by Jeff Mason and Steve Holland; Editing by Susan