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Israeli Cabinet to discuss cease-fire ideas, but also possible expansion of Gaza battle

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JERUSALEM — An Israeli defense official says the Security Cabinet is meeting to discuss international cease-fire efforts, but also the option of expanding its eight-day-old ground operation in Gaza.

PHOTO: Palestinian volunteers donate blood at the blood bank of Ramallah Hospital, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, early Friday, July 25, 2014. Violence spread to the West Bank, where thousands of Palestinians protesting the Gaza fighting clashed with Israeli soldiers late Thursday in Qalandia, near the West Bank city of Ramallah. At least one Palestinian was killed and dozens were injured, a Palestinian doctor said. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
Palestinian volunteers donate blood at the blood bank of Ramallah Hospital, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, early Friday, July 25, 2014. Violence spread to the West Bank, where thousands of Palestinians protesting the Gaza fighting clashed with Israeli soldiers late Thursday in Qalandia, near the West Bank city of Ramallah. At least one Palestinian was killed and dozens were injured, a Palestinian doctor said. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

He spoke on condition of anonymity because Friday's deliberations are taking place behind closed doors. The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had no immediate comment.

A Palestinian health official says the Gaza death toll has risen to 808, with 115 Palestinians killed on Thursday, in one of the bloodiest days in more than two weeks of fighting. Thirty-four Israelis, including 32 soldiers, and a Thai worker have also been killed.

Israeli police say thousands of security forces have been deployed around Jerusalem's Old City in preparation for possible Palestinian protests after Friday prayers at a key Muslim holy site.

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PHOTO: Palestinian protesters continued to clash with Israeli soldiers at the Qalandia checkpoint, near the West Bank city of Ramallah. (July 24)
Palestinian protesters continued to clash with Israeli soldiers at the Qalandia checkpoint, near the West Bank city of Ramallah. (July 24) PHOTO: Israeli missile hits compound housing UN school in Gaza, killing at least 15 amid heavy fighting. No cease-fire between Israel and the militant group Hamas in sight, despite international efforts. (July 24)
Israeli missile hits compound housing UN school in Gaza, killing at least 15 amid heavy fighting. No cease-fire between Israel and the militant group Hamas in sight, despite international efforts. (July 24)
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