Israel pounds targets in Gaza as Kerry arrives

Jul 22, 2014, 7:05 AM EDT
SDEROT, ISRAEL - JULY 18: An Israeli artillery shell is fired at the border with Gaza on July 18, 2014 near Sderot, Israel. Late last night Israeli forces escalated their operation with a ground offensive, sending troops into Gaza. More than 250 Palestinians have lost their lives since Israel began operation 'Protective Edge'. Credit Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images
Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images

Israel pounded targets across the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, dashing hopes of a pause in the fighting, as the military said one of its soldiers was missing, presumed dead, following clashes with Hamas Islamists. International efforts to end the 15-day conflict gathered pace, with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry holding talks in Egypt and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon due to arrive in Israel later in the day.

Background:

Israel says soldier missing, presumed dead; Kerry presses for truce [Reuters]

Gaza conflict: Diplomats push for ceasefire [BBC]

 

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