US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
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US on Gaza ceasefire: 'Critical moment for region'

21 November 2012 Last updated at 19:08 GMT

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has welcomed the announcement of a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel, saying that the truce came at a "critical moment for the region".

For the truce to hold, "the rocket attacks [from Gaza] must end and a broader calm must return," Mrs Clinton said.

"Now we have to focus on reaching a durable outcome that promotes regional stability and advances the security, dignity and legitimate aspirations of Palestinians and Israelis alike," she added.