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Thursday 24 April 2014

Frantic efforts to get ceasefire as Gaza death toll exceeds 100

Israel's cabinet was discussing a temporary truce as the death toll in its bombardment of Gaza passed 100, prompting further international concern.

European leaders urged Israel to hold fire immediately, while the UN also pressured both sides to accept an Egyptian offer under which a 24- or 48-hour ceasefire would be declared to allow a fully fledged deal to be worked out.

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