**Suicide Blast Kills 2 in Afghan Capital**
A suicide bombing near a NATO base in Afghanistan's capital has killed two Afghan security guards and wounded five civilians.
Officials said Wednesday's attack involved two men wearing suicide vests, and that at least one of them detonated their explosives after being shot at by Afghan security forces.
The blast hit an area near Camp Eggers in a section of Kabul that houses NATO coalition headquarters as well as foreign embassies. The attack, claimed by the Taliban, prompted alarms at the U.S. Embassy.
NATO said the blast damaged one of its vehicles, but that there were no reports of casualties among coalition troops.
** Clinton Heads to Ramallah and Cairo As Israeli-Palestinian Fighting Continues**
Air attacks rocked both sides of the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip early Wednesday, despite intensified diplomatic efforts to halt the violence between Israel and Hamas militants that has killed more than 130 Palestinians and five Israelis.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will meet with Palestinian leaders in Ramallah and Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo. Late Tuesday in Jerusalem, she discussed the volatile situation for two hours with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other senior Israel officials.
Mr. Netanyahu said before the meeting he prefers diplomacy to halt cross-border attacks. But he again pledged that Israel will take every action to protect its citizens, adding that no country can tolerate attacks on its citizens.
Clinton said the U.S. commitment to Israeli security is rock solid, and terrorist rocket attacks on Israel must end. She also said her heart breaks for every civilian death, Israeli and Palestinian.
Tuesday came and went without a temporary Egyptian-brokered cease-fire deal .