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Gaza toll tops 100 as truce efforts waver

Published on Jul 12, 2014 3:58 AM

JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israel's aerial bombardment of Gaza claimed its 105th Palestinian life on Friday as Hamas pounded central Israel with rockets and Washington offered to help broker a truce.

Diplomatic efforts to end the hostilities gathered pace, with US President Barack Obama phoning Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"The United States remains prepared to facilitate a cessation of hostilities," the White House said.

But Mr Netanyahu remained resolute, saying he would not end his campaign until he achieved his goal of stopping the Hamas fire.

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