The United States on Saturday blamed Hamas for killings after Israeli launched air strikes that killed more than 200 people in Gaza.
President George W. Bush, on vacation at his Texas ranch, spoke with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice about the Middle East situation and she issued a statement blaming Hamas for Israeli attacks.
"The United States strongly condemns the repeated rocket and mortar attacks against Israel and holds Hamas "responsible" for breaking the cease-fire and for the renewal of violence in Gaza," Rice said.
"The cease-fire should be restored immediately," she said. "The United States calls on all concerned to address the urgent humanitarian needs of the innocent people of Gaza."
Israel killed more than 200 people in Gaza in the bloodiest one-day death toll in 60 years of Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Gaza fighters fired rockets that killed "one Israeli man."
White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe said "Hamas must cease rocket attacks into Israel for the violence to stop", igoring Israeli bombardment that killed Gazans.
"The United States urges Israel to avoid civilian casualties as it targets Hamas in Gaza."
The Bush administration has typically ignored Israeli killings and human rights violations by taking the position that Israel, US ally, has the right to defend itself.
No comment by Obama
The Democratic president-elect did not comment on the attacks. Obama, who is vacationing in Hawaii, "is closely monitoring global events, including the situation in Gaza, but there is one president at a time," said Brooke Anderson, his national security spokeswoman.
Republican president leaves the White House on Jan. 20 when Barack Obama will be inaugurated as the new president.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned as "criminal" the Israeli air campaign and called for the international community to intervene.
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