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Obama Raises Gaza Concerns in Call With Netanyahu

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Palestinians pray over the bodies of nine people during a funeral in Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip, on July 19, 2014. Photographer: Said Khatib/AFP via Getty Images

July 20 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama “raised serious concern” with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about growing casualties from his country’s offensive in Gaza designed to put an end to Hamas rocket fire, the White House said today.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will soon travel to Egypt to seek “an immediate cessation of hostilities” between Israel and Hamas, Obama told Netanyahu in a call earlier today, according to a readout provided to reporters.

Kerry will seek a return to a 2012 cease-fire agreement, brokered by the U.S. and Egyptian governments, to halt hostilities between Israelis and Palestinians, Obama told Netanyahu, according to the White House.

To contact the reporter on this story: Phil Mattingly in Washington at pmattingly@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Steven Komarow at skomarow1@bloomberg.net; Bernard Kohn at bkohn2@bloomberg.net Gregory Mott, Nancy Moran

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