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World pressure for truce in Gaza Strip intensifies

Reuters, GAZA and JERUSALEM

“The two leaders discussed ways to de-escalate the situation in Gaza and President Obama underscored the necessity of Hamas ending rocket fire into Israel,” the White House said, adding that the US leader had also called Netanyahu. “In both calls, President Obama expressed regret for the loss of Israeli and Palestinian civilian lives.”

Morsi has warned Netanyahu of serious consequences from a ground invasion of the kind that killed more than 1,400 people in Gaza four years ago, but he has been careful not to alienate Israel, with whom Egypt’s former military rulers signed a peace treaty in 1979.

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