Obama: Israel has a right to defend itself from rocket attacks

“We’re going to continue to encourage diplomatic efforts to restore the ceasefire, and we support Egypt’s continued efforts to bring this about,” US President Barack Obama told reporters Wednesday.

“Over the next 24 hours, we’ll continue to stay in close contact with our friends and parties in the region, and we will use all of our diplomatic resources and relationships to support efforts of closing a deal on a ceasefire,” US President added.

“Unfortunately, Hamas continued to fire rockets at civilians – thereby prolonging the conflict.”

Obama stressed that Israel has the right to defend its self from rocket attacks, but, is not happy with the of deaths of civilians in Gaza.

“Israel has a right to defend itself from rocket attacks that terrorize the Israeli people. There is no country on Earth that can be expected to live under a daily barrage of rockets,” Obama said.

Earlier in Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry said US is “doing everything in the government’s power – to have a legitimate ceasefire and see if we can find a way to stop the conflict and killing so we can get to the real issues that are underlying it.”

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