Hillary Clinton arrives in Israel to negotiate ceasefire

Hillary Clinton arrives in Israel to negotiate ceasefire

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has arrived in Israel for talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to secure a cease fire with Palestinian militant group Hamas in Gaza.

It follows conflicting reports from Egypt this morning, with Hamas leaders saying an agreement had been reached to begin a ceasefire, but Israel claiming a deal had not been done.

Hamas has now confirmed the ceasefire has been delayed, saying Israel is yet to respond.

Ms Clinton will also be travelling to Cairo to take part in the negotiations, before then meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has also held discussions with Mr Netanyahu, urging Israel against launching a ground attack in Gaza.

It comes after Israel has deliverd pamphlets to civilians in Gaza City, urging them to leave their homes, increasing speculation of a possible ground attack.

Mr Ban says he understands its a very difficult situation, but Israel needs to show restraint.

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