BEIRUT

Middle East

Israel must take 'even greater steps' to protect civilians: US

A Palestinian girl holds a poster that shows Palestinian kids who were killed in Gaza by Israeli airstrikes, as she attends a demonstration against the Israeli war in Gaza, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, July 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

WASHINGTON: Israel must do more to protect civilians caught up in the crossfire of its assault on Hamas in the Gaza Strip, the White House said Monday.

"We would like the Israelis to take even greater steps to ensure the protection of civilians," spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters. His comments came as US Secretary of State John Kerry headed to the region to push for a ceasefire.

 

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