Obama urges end to Hamas rocket fire in call Morsi

November 19, 2012 21:20

WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama stressed the need for an end to Hamas rocket attacks on Israel in a telephone call to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on Monday to discuss ways to de-escalate cross-border fighting in Gaza, the White House said.

Obama "underscored the necessity of Hamas ending rocket fire into Israel" in his call to Morsi, the White House said in a statement. During the call, and in a separate one to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu of Israel, Obama voiced regret over the loss of Israeli and Palestinian lives, the White House said.

Obama made the calls from Cambodia, where he is attending the East Asian Summit of regional and world leaders, the White House said.

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