US condemns rocket fire from Gaza into Israel

Smoke billows from buildings following an Israeli air strike on Gaza City, on July 8, 2014The United States condemned rocket fire by Hamas militants into Israel and said it was concerned for civilians on both sides after Israeli strikes on Gaza killed 17 people Tuesday. White House spokesman Josh Earnest also urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to keep a diplomatic channel open with Palestinians to resolve the crisis sparked by the murders of three Israeli teenagers and a Palestinian youth. “We strongly condemn the continuing rocket fire into Israel and the deliberate targeting of civilians by terrorist organizations in Gaza,” Earnest said.

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