Obama Raises Gaza Concerns in Call With Netanyahu

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.

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