Israel ready to widen Gaza operations, says Netanyahu
- US President Barack Obama spoke to Mr Netanyahu by telephone on Wednesday evening, with both men agreeing that Hamas needed to halt its attacks on Israel to allow the situation to de-escalate, the White House said.
- UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon spoke to Mr Netanyahu and Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, expressing concern at the "deteriorating situation"
- Arab League foreign ministers say they will meet in emergency session on Friday to discuss the escalating violence
- Egyptian President Mursi also spoke to President Obama and agreed on the importance of working to calm the situation as quickly as possible, the White House said.