Foreign Secretary 'urging Israel to agree to a ceasefire'

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said discussions aimed at bringing about a ceasefire between the Israeli military and Hamas in Gaza are ongoing and that he hopes a deal is eminent.

He said he appreciated the public concern about the human cost of the violence, and was urging his Israeli counterparts to agree to talk about a long-term solution, whilst stressing the need to minimize the civilian toll whilst hostilities continue.