Obama: Hamas must end its rocket fire into Israel

US President Barack Obama has "underscored the necessity of Hamas ending rocket fire into Israel" in a telephone call to the Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, the White House said.

Obama also expressed regret for the deaths of Israeli and Palestinian civilians in calls with both Morsi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Israel-Hamas ceasefire deal

Egypt has announced a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas that is set to begin at 7pm UK time. The announcement was made by the Egyptian foreign minister in Cairo alongside US Secretary if State Hillary Clinton.