Gaza death toll hits 172

Gaza death toll hits 172
# 14 July 2014 10:04 (UTC +04:00)

He added that 30 other Palestinians were wounded in separate Israeli airstrikes on the coastal enclave late Sunday.

The latest fatality brings to 172 the total number of Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrikes since late Monday.

Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Netanyahu by telephone, telling him the United States was prepared to broker a ceasefire, a senior State Department official said.

Israel has launched a military operation – dubbed Operation Protective Edge - with the stated goal of ending rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.

Since then, Israeli warplanes have staged hundreds of airstrikes on the besieged enclave – home to around 1.8 million Palestinians - while ground troops remain amassed on the borders in advance of a possible ground assault.

Gaza-based resistance factions, for their part, have continued to fire hundreds of rockets into Israel, some of which have reached Tel Aviv, in response to the ongoing offensive.

Around 208 Israelis were injured in rocket attacks from Gaza, according to Israel's national emergency response service.

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