July 26
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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken embarks on a tour of the Middle East to secure the ceasefire that ended the 11-day bombing campaign between Israel and Hamas.

Secretary Blinken will meet with Israeli leaders to discuss the US strong commitment to Israel's security, US President Joe Biden said in a statement.

He will continue the administration's efforts to restore ties and support to the Palestinian people and leaders after years of neglect.

According to doctors, rockets and shelling from the Gaza side killed 12 people, including one child and teenager of Arab origin, one Indian, and two Thai citizens. In Israel, about 357 people were injured.

The United Nations says more than half of those killed, the vast majority in Israeli airstrikes, were civilians.

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