Death toll from Israel air strikes in Gaza passes 300 as UN chief heads to region
Published on Jul 19, 2014 11:53 AM
GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories (AFP) - Fresh Israeli air strikes killed 11 people in Gaza on Saturday, hiking the death toll above 300 as UN chief Ban Ki Moon headed to the region to bolster truce efforts.
The new peace push came as Israel's campaign against the besieged Palestinian territory entered day 12 in the bloodiest conflict for several years, and the Jewish state stood poised to intensify a ground operation inside the Strip.
United States President Barack Obama has supported Israel's right to defend itself against Gaza rocket fire, but urged it to work harder to avoid innocent deaths in an operation with a high civilian toll, including many women and children.
In the face of Israel's land, sea and air offensive, Islamist movement Hamas, which is the main power in Gaza, has remained defiant as Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas travelled to Egypt and Turkey for truce talks.
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