Obama calls for an immediate halt to hostilities as 120 people are killed in one day of fighting, the bloodiest single day in Gaza in five years. A Gaza emergency services spokesman says more than a third of the victims are women and children. The death toll now totals 476 Palestinians. The Israeli army says 13 soldiers have been killed in Gaza, raising the total of soldiers dead in the first three days of the ground offensive of Operation Protective Edge to 18. A White House statement says Obama called for an ‘immediate truce,’ but that he also reaffirmed Israel’s right to defend itself
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