President George W. Bush urged all parties to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to exercise restraint after 18 Palestinians were killed in an artillery barrage in Gaza.
In a statement, Bush expressed hope that an Israeli government investigation into the incident will be completed quickly, and appropriate actions will be taken to avoid a recurrence.
"We call on all parties to act with care and restraint so as to avoid any harm to innocent civilians," Bush said.
Following the incident, Hamas' exiled leader called off a cease-fire with Israel and militants threatened to attack Americans.
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