Efforts to negotiate a deal between Israel and Hamas-controlled Gaza continued Wednesday, after conflicting reports had surfaced Tuesday about an imminent truce. After Hamas official Ayman Taha said Tuesday that an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire in the eight-day conflict would go into effect, Israel and Egypt said the deal was still up in the air. Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netayanhu to help broker a ceasefire. From there she headed to the West Bank to meet with Mahmoud Abbas, head of the Palestinian Authority, which is estranged from the Hamas leaders of the Gaza Strip. Before heading to Cairo to consult with Egyptian officials, Clinton was to meet once more with Netanyahu. Israel's rocket attacks continued, with the Israeli Defense Forces saying they made a direct hit on militants building rockets.
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