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Pressure grows for Gaza ceasefire

Israeli ArmyUnited Nations chief Ban Ki-Moon is heading for talks with Israeli leaders, amid signs of progress in efforts to secure a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

More than 1,000 Gazans and 13 Israelis have reportedly died as Israel’s war on Hamas militants enters its 20th day.

Hamas officials on Wednesday said they were happy with the broad outlines of an Egyptian peace initiative, but details remained to be worked out.

Israel’s chief negotiator Amos Gilad is expected in Cairo for talks later.

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In other developments:

* Palestinian medics say seven people were killed in two separate air strikes on Gaza City in the early hours of Thursday

* Israeli military officials say they attacked 70 military targets overnight, including a mosque they say was being used to store weapons

* A boat carrying medical supplies to Gaza is surrounded by Israeli warships in international waters off Lebanon’s southern coast and forced to return to Cyprus, according to charity Free Gaza

* Palestinian deaths in the Gaza Strip reach 1,028 according to Gaza medical sources. Nearly a third of the dead are said to be children.

Intense diplomacy

Mr Ban is meeting regional leaders as part of the most intensive diplomatic efforts yet to end the fighting.

Egypt has been leading efforts to broker a ceasefire that could include a peacekeeping force being deployed along its border with Gaza to prevent the smuggling of weapons.

After talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo on Wednesday, the UN chief said he hoped Egypt’s initiative would deliver results.

He said it was intolerable that civilians were bearing the brunt of the conflict.

Source: BBC News

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