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Official: Israel Cabinet to discuss cease-fire

Israeli Cabinet to discuss cease-fire ideas, but also possible expansion of Gaza battle

An injured Palestinian protester is moved to the emergency room at Ramallah Hospital, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, late Thursday, July 24, 2014....
An injured Palestinian protester is moved to the emergency room at Ramallah Hospital, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, late Thursday, July 24, 2014....
Palestinian volunteers donate blood at the blood bank of Ramallah Hospital, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, early Friday, July 25, 2014. Violence s...
Smoke from an Israeli strike rises over the Gaza Strip, Friday, July 25, 2014. An Israeli defense official says the Israeli Security Cabinet is meetin...
Smoke from an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City, Friday, July 25, 2014. An Israeli defense official says the Israeli Security Cabinet is meeting to ...

Mideast Israel Palestinians

An injured Palestinian protester is moved to the emergency room at Ramallah Hospital, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, late Thursday, July 24, 2014....

Mideast Israel Palestinians

An injured Palestinian protester is moved to the emergency room at Ramallah Hospital, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, late Thursday, July 24, 2014....

Mideast Israel Palestinians

Palestinian volunteers donate blood at the blood bank of Ramallah Hospital, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, early Friday, July 25, 2014. Violence s...

Mideast Israel Palestinians

Smoke from an Israeli strike rises over the Gaza Strip, Friday, July 25, 2014. An Israeli defense official says the Israeli Security Cabinet is meetin...

Mideast Israel Palestinians

Smoke from an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City, Friday, July 25, 2014. An Israeli defense official says the Israeli Security Cabinet is meeting to ...

JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli defense official says the Security Cabinet is meeting to discuss international cease-fire efforts, but also the option of expanding its eight-day-old ground operation in Gaza.

He spoke on condition of anonymity because Friday's deliberations are taking place behind closed doors. The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had no immediate comment.

A Palestinian health official says the Gaza death toll has risen to 808, with 115 Palestinians killed on Thursday, in one of the bloodiest days in more than two weeks of fighting. Thirty-four Israelis, including 32 soldiers, and a Thai worker have also been killed.

Israeli police say thousands of security forces have been deployed around Jerusalem's Old City in preparation for possible Palestinian protests after Friday prayers at a key Muslim holy site.


Updated : 2021-07-29 09:50 GMT+08:00