Biden asked Netanyahu for pause in Gaza fighting during Monday call

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Biden visits Israel amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that he asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a pause in fighting in Gaza during a call on Monday.

A White House spokesperson previously said the two leaders discussed the potential for "tactical pauses" in fighting in Gaza for humanitarian reasons and possible hostage releases during their conversation on Monday.

(Reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt and Nandita Bose in Washington; Editing by Leslie Adler)