Warning that the violence could “escalate out of control,” Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr spoke with Clinton during her stay in Adelaide and pleaded for “immediate US intervention to stop the Israeli aggression”.

Egypt recalled its ambassador to Israel in protest at the offensive against Hamas militants this week, which included the assasination of Hamas military chief Jaabari reports News.com.au

The strike launched an Israeli campaign which the government said was to end rocket attacks from Islamic militants. The assaults killed 10 other Palestinians, including two children and seven militants.

Mr Amr asked Mrs Clinton that the US “use what contacts it has with Israel” to stop the bloodshed

But US President Barack Obama spoke with Egypt’s Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi, as well as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, expressing his support for Israel’s right to self-defence and saying Hamas rocket fire must end.

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