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Kerry Travels To Egypt And Calls For Middle East Ceasefire

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  Original Published: 7/21/2014

U.S. Secretary of State John IKerry travels to Egypt Monday, hoping to push for a ceasefire in the Middle East. The United Nations has called for the same, as the violence escalates in Gaza. Max Steinberg, a native of California, served as a sniper in the Israeli Defense Forces. Sean Carmeli of Texas served in the IDF as well. The two U.S. citizens are among 13 IDF soldiers killed on Sunday. Hamas' military wing claimed to have captured an Israeli soldier, a claim that Israeli officials have denied but said they're looking into. Israeli's incursion into the town of Shaja'ia sent hundreds of people fleeing into Gaza city. The Gaza Health Ministry says more than 500 Palestinians have been killed; the United Nations estimates about 70-percent of those were civilians. "We have no war with the people of Gaza," says Ron Prosor, Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. . "Once again, today, Israel agreed to a ceasefire. The third time that Israel accepted and Hamas rejected a humanitarian ceasefire." Israeli forces say they've destroyed several tunnels used by militants to smuggle weapons and facilitate attacks in Israel, and since the beginning of their ground operations, last Thursday, officials say they've exposed 16 tunnels with 43 access points. After an emergency meeting Sunday night, the U.N. Security Council expressed concern about  the rising death toll and called for an end to the violence in the Middle East. The Palestinian U.N. Ambassador called that a test for Israel. "If they are going to abide by all these elements and to stop this aggression against our people," says Riyad Mansour.

   
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