US urges Turkey, Egypt, others to encourage Hamas to de-escalate

Reuters Middle East

WASHINGTON, Nov 15 (Reuters) - The United States has asked

countries that have contact with Hamas to urge the group to stop

its recent rocket attacks from Gaza, a White House adviser said

on Thursday.

"We've ... urged those that have a degree of influence with

Hamas such as Turkey, and Egypt and some of our European

partners to use that influence to urge Hamas to de-escalate,"

said Ben Rhodes, deputy national security advisor, in a

conference call with reporters.

Asked whether the United States was concerned that Israeli

ground forces would enter Gaza, Rhodes said: "Ultimately it's up

to the Israeli government to make determinations about how

they're going to carry out their military objectives."

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