Obama backs Egypt ceasefire efforts for Gaza

US President Barack Obama arrives in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 16, 2014 to speaks on foreign policyUS President Barack Obama on Wednesday backed Egypt’s efforts to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, offering Washington’s full diplomatic support. Obama said that while he and the world were “heartbroken” by the deaths of civilians in the Gaza Strip, US ally Israel had the “right to defend itself from rocket attacks that terrorize” its population.

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