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Clinton in the Middle East seeking Israel-Gaza truce

Publish Date20/11/2012 10:58:04 AM

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President Barak Obama sent U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the Middle East hoping to convince Israel and Gaza to cease fire and “restore broader calm in the region”.

World leaders are increasing pressures on Israel and Palestinians end to the conflict that killed more than 110 Palestinians, mostly civilians, including 27 children, and three Israelis.

Clinton will visit Israel, Ramallah and Egypt where diplomats are meeting to agree on plans to halt fire after six days of air strikes and rocket attacks.

The UN`s secretary general, Ban Ki-Moon, is also visit Israel on Tuesday to help find a solution before airborne attacks escalate to a ground war.

Israel already deployed tanks near the border, ready to invade if given the order. But warnings of tragedy prompted Israel to delay the attack.

“A decision was taken for the time being, there is a temporary hold on a ground incursion to give diplomacy a chance to succeed”, a senior Israeli official said.

Israel is reportedly looking for a 24 to 48 hour truce that helps allow the two sides find more permanent arrangements.

Sixteen foreign ministers from the Arab League and the Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu are expected in Gaza Tuesday.

This war could determine Israel to delay the upcoming national elections, the Israeli government said on Sunday.

Depending on whether a ceasefire is declared or not, the government will decide to convene a Knesset session to determine whether or not to postpone the elections.

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