U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday welcomed Egypt's proposal for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, saying he hoped it could restore calm.
"We are encouraged that Egypt has made a proposal to accomplish this goal that we hope can restore the calm that we are seeking," Obama said, according to AFP.
"I will say very clearly, no country can accept rockets fired indiscriminately at civilians. We have been very clear -- Israel has a right to defend itself against what I consider to be inexcusable attacks from Hamas," he added. "At the same time ... the death and injury of Palestinian civilians is a tragedy, which is why we have emphasized the need to protect civilians regardless of who they are or where they live."