Middle East Envoy Tony Blair has said he hopes a ceasefire can be reached between Israel and Gaza in the coming days.
Mr Blair was speaking after a meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres:
– Tony Blair, Middle East envoy
I very much hope that over the coming days we can achieve cessation on a basis that is sustainable, on a basis that stops the threat of missiles coming from Gaza, targeted at Israeli civilians, and also then relieves the people of Gaza who have also suffered of course.
– Shimon Peres, Israeli President
Our goals are clear to stop the fire and to introduce a deterrent against the renewal of it.