PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The State Department says Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is headed to the Mideast today to emphasize the U.S. interest in a peaceful outcome in the weeklong conflict between Israel and Hamas.
Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says Washington hopes for an agreement that will protect Israel's security and regional stability, improve conditions for Gaza civilians and lead to a way for Palestinians and Israelis to live in peace and security.
Clinton is expected to arrive in Israel tonight and make three stops, meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH'-hoo) in Jerusalem, Palestinian officials in the West Bank and Egyptian leaders in Cairo.
Meanwhile, Egypt's president predicts Israel's offensive may end within hours.
Gaza health officials say 115 Palestinians, including 54 civilians, have died and some 840 people have been wounded, including 225 children. Three Israeli civilians have been killed and dozens wounded.
178-a-09-(Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanhayu (neh-ten-YAH'-hoo), at news conference)-"shall use them"-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanhayu hopes talks will bring an end to the violence, but until then Israel will continue its military strategy. (20 Nov 2012)
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173-v-30-(Mark Lavie (lah-VEE'), AP Middle East correspondent)--Egypt's president says Israel's operation in Gaza will end today. More from AP Middle East Correspondent Mark Lavie in Cairo. (20 Nov 2012)
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GRAPHICSBANK: Palestinian man kissing hand of a dead relative and man carrying the body of a child over textured Israel and Palestine flag, lettering "ISRAEL-GAZA CONFLICT", finished graphic (20 Nov 2012)
APPHOTO JRL132: Palestinians climb on the rubble at the destroyed house of Islamic Jihad militant Hasam Al Kholy, hit overnight in an Israeli strike on Gaza City, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. Efforts to end a week-old convulsion of Israeli-Palestinian violence drew in the world's top diplomats on Tuesday, with President Barack Obama dispatching his secretary of state to the region on an emergency mission and the U.N. chief appealing from Cairo for an immediate cease-fire.(AP Photo/Adel Hana) (20 Nov 2012)
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