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Kerry says US ready to help with ceasefire

US Secretary of State John Kerry phones Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and tells him that the administration is ready to help broker a ceasefire in Gaza.

Kerry “highlighted the US concern about escalating tensions on the ground,” a senior State Department official said, according to AFP. The US’s chief diplomat is engaging with regional leaders “to help to stop the rocket fire so calm can be restored and civilian casualties prevented.”

US Secretary of State John Kerry at the State Department, Monday, June 16, 2014. (photo credit: AP/Lauren Victoria Burke)
US Secretary of State John Kerry at the State Department, Monday, June 16, 2014. (photo credit: AP/Lauren Victoria Burke)

The Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem declines to comment on the conversation.

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