Israel-Gaza violence: Death toll rises to 300, Obama issues warning

As the death toll in the ongoing Israel-Gaza conflict has crossed 300, US President Barack Obama issued a warning to his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu expressing concern over the civilian deaths, as per news reports on Saturday.

Last Updated: Jul 19, 2014, 11:51 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau

Jerusalem: As the death toll in the ongoing Israel-Gaza conflict has crossed 300, US President Barack Obama issued a warning to his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu expressing concern over the civilian deaths, as per news reports on Saturday.

While speaking to Netanyahu, Obama said that while Israel has the right to defend itself against Palestinian militants, he expressed “deep concern” over the increasing number of civilian casualties in the violence, as per a BBC news report.
Meanwhile, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be visiting the region today to hold discussions with the warring side as the number of people taking refuge in UN camps has doubled to nearly 40,000.

The figures have been estimated after they took refuge in around 34 UN shelters.
The discussions are scheduled to take place after Israel stepped up the offensive by launching troops and tanks into the Gaza region with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warning of “significant expansion” of the Operation Protective Edge, the report reported.

Militant group Hamas has also threatened Israel that they will have to “pay price” for the invasion.