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Jul 25, 2014

Israel rejects ceasefire plan, source says as death toll nears 850

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel rejected on Friday international proposals for a ceasefire in its fight against Islamist militants in Gaza, but is discussing changes to the truce plan with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, a government source said.

Mediators hope that a truce could come into force ahead of a Muslim festival that starts early next week, but they have struggled to resolve seemingly irreconcilable demands from Israel and Hamas-led fighters, locked in conflict since July 8.

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      "Crispian Balmer is bureau chief for Israel and the Palestinian Territories. In 20 years with Reuters he has reported from more than 20 countries, covering everything from Hurricane Katrina to the Tsunami and the Balkans conflict. Previous assignments included lengthy spells as chief correspondent in Paris and Rome."
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