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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said efforts are not ending to find a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza.
America's top diplomat said "This is a broad effort. At this moment we are working toward a brief, seven-day cease-fire in honor of Eid." The holiday of Eid marks the end of the Muslim observance of Ramadan. He stood next to Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri as he spoke in Cairo.
Mr. Kerry said details of a framework, or guidelines, toward a stop in the fighting are still under discussion. He said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told him he wants to find a way to make progress although Israeli media said Mr.Netanyahu's cabinet had rejected the framework.
Mr. Kerry said a break in fighting will give everyone involved the chance to examine issues that have caused weeks of deadly violence between Israelis and Palestinians.
Mr. Kerry, Mr. Shukri and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon have been trying to get both Israelis and Palestinians to stop the violence.
Number of Palestinian Dead Rises Above 800
More than 800 Palestinians have now died in Israel's offensive against Hamas militants.
Reports say Thursday was the deadliest day of the 18-day-long military campaign. Among the victims were at least 15 Palestinians in a school operated as a shelter by the United Nations.
Israel said one of its soldiers was killed in Gaza on Friday. That brought the number of soldiers killed to at least 32. So far, rocket and mortar attacks by Palestinians have killed at least two Israeli civilians.
On Friday, rockets launched by Hamas set off warning signals around Tel Aviv. Several rockets were shot down. But one hit a building in Ashkelon. No one was hurt.
Violence Spreads to the West Bank
In the West Bank, many Palestinians marched in the northern village of Hawara in support of Gaza. Thousands also demonstrated over the night. Many observers are calling that demonstration the biggest protest in the West Bank in about 10 years.
Protesters in East Jerusalem threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at an Israeli security point. Palestinian health workers said one person was shot dead and 200 others were wounded when Israeli troops returned fire.
The unrest continued into Friday with reports of four more deaths near Nablus and Hebron. At the Al-Aqsa mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem, Israeli security forces barred men under the age of 50 from entering the area. The action led to more clashes between the opponents.
Police Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch told the Israeli Army radio "We have had a very difficult night."
Earlier this week, Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said he supported a stop in fighting and set his own conditions. Hamas demands that Israel eases restrictions on the 1.8 million Palestinians in Gaza. The group also calls for the release of hundreds of prisoners seized in the West Bank last month. And it wants Egypt to open its border with Gaza.
Both Israel and Egypt consider Hamas a security threat.
And that's In the News, from VOA Learning English. I'm Christopher Cruise.
1.broad adj. 广泛的，一般的
A broad range of issues was discussed.
2.observance n. （宗教的，正式的）仪式； 惯例； 庆祝
Local councils should use their powers to ensure strict observance of laws.
3.offensive n. 进攻，攻势
The last offensive drove thousands of people into Thailand.
4.restriction n. 限制，限定
Some restriction on funding was necessary.
1.At this moment we are working toward a brief, seven-day cease-fire in honor of Eid."
It is always better to work toward a solution than toward the avoidance an issue.
2.On Friday, rockets launched by Hamas set off warning signals around Tel Aviv.
Any escape, once it's detected, sets off the alarm...
3.At the Al-Aqsa mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem, Israeli security forces barred men under the age of 50 from entering the area.
After the member was caught cheating, he was barred from the club.
美国高级外交官表示，“这是广泛的努力。目前我们致力于在开斋节达成短暂的为期七天的停火 。”开斋节标志着穆斯林斋月节的结束 。他在开罗站在埃及外交部长舒克里(Sameh Shukri)旁边发表讲话 。
以色列表示，周五，他们的一名士兵在加沙地带遇难。这使得遇难士兵人数增加到至少32人 。目前为止，巴勒斯坦人的火箭弹和迫击炮袭击已经造成至少2名以色列平民遇难 。
周五，哈马斯发射的火箭弹导致特拉维夫周围响起警报信号。他们共发射了几枚火箭弹 。但是其中一枚击中了阿什凯隆一栋建筑 。无人受伤 。
在西岸，许多巴勒斯坦人在北部村庄哈瓦拉游行，支持加沙。还有数千人夜间示威 。许多观察员称这次示威活动是西岸近十年来最大规模的抗议活动 。
动荡持续至周五，报道称再次造成纳布鲁斯和希伯伦4人死亡。在耶路撒冷老城一个阿克萨清真寺，以色列安全力量限制50岁以下的人进入该地区 。此举导致敌对的双方更多冲突 。
本周早些时候，哈马斯领导人哈立德·马沙尔(Khaled Meshaal)表示，他支持停止战争，并提出了自己的条件。哈马斯要求以色列放松对加沙地带180万巴勒斯坦人的限制 。该组织还要求释放上月在西岸被捕的数百名囚犯 。他们还希望埃及开放与加沙地带边境 。
以上就是今天的美国之音慢速学英语时事新闻节目。我是Christopher Cruise 。