Rice supports Egypt plan, not calling for Israel halt to Gaza attacks

Rice did not call for a halt to Israeli military operations in the densely populated territory in which at least 660 people have been killed and more than 2,950 injured in naval and aerial bombardment as well as ground attacks.

Rice supports Egypt plan, not calling for Israel halt to Gaza attacks
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Tuesday gave U.S. backing to a proposal by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

Condoleezza Rice said on Wednesday at a meeting of the UN Security Council that she would support the initiative "on condition that Hamas halts its rocket fire into southern Israeli towns".

However, she did not call for a halt to Israeli military operations in the densely populated territory in which at least 660 people have been killed and more than 2,950 injured in naval and aerial bombardment as well as ground attacks.

"We need urgently to conclude a ceasefire that can endure and that can bring real security," she told the council.

Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president, presented the proposal after talks with Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on Tuesday.

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