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Palestinian death toll in Gaza fighting at 508



BY KARIN LAUB AND PETER ENAV

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The death toll among Palestinians from the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip reached 508 on Monday, Gaza health officials said as the two sides counted their dead following the bloodiest day of fighting so far in the two-week campaign. Diplomatic efforts to broker a cease-fire intensified amid the mounting carnage.

In New York, the U.N. Security Council expressed "serious concern" about Gaza's rising civilian death toll and demanded an immediate end to the fighting following an emergency session.

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon pressed ahead with his push for a truce in a trip to the region, and was expected in Cairo later Monday. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was also heading back this week to bolster regional efforts to reach a cease-fire.

As Israeli airstrikes continued to pound Gaza on Monday, rescue workers near the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis were digging out bodies from a home flattened in one of the strikes overnight, said Ashraf al-Kidra, a Gaza health ministry official.

Palestinian Death Toll In Gaza Fighting Tops 500

Al-Kidra said the Palestinian death toll from the two-week offensive stood at 508 as of Monday morning, including 20 bodies that were found at the site in Khan Younis. Two people were pulled alive from the rubble, he added.

Elsewhere in Gaza, Israeli tanks opened fire on the home of the Siyam family west of Rafah in the southern part of the strip, killing 10 people, including four young children and a 9-month-old baby girl, al Kidra said.

Meanwhile, the Israeli military said it foiled a Hamas infiltration attempt on Monday through two tunnels leading from northern Gaza into southern Israel. The military said 10 infiltrators were killed after being detected and targeted by Israeli aircraft.

On Sunday, the first major ground battle in two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting exacted a steep price, killing 65 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers and forced thousands of terrified Palestinian civilians to flee their neighborhood, reportedly used to launch rockets at Israel and now devastated by the fighting.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the offensive would continue "as long as necessary" to end attacks from Gaza on Israeli civilians.

The 13 Israeli soldiers died in clashes with Hamas militants in the Gaza City neighborhood of Shiyajiah, bringing the overall Israeli death toll to 20, including two civilians who died from rocket and mortar fire directed at Israeli towns and villages from Gaza.

On Sunday evening, Hamas spokesman Mushir al-Masri in Gaza claimed his group had captured an Israeli soldier. An announcement on Gaza TV of the soldier's capture set off celebration in the streets of West Bank.

But there was no official confirmation of the claim in Israel. Earlier, the Israeli ambassador to the U.N., Ron Prosor, said the Hamas claim was untrue.

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tmccull52 July 21 2014 at 5:48 AM

Hmmm... was it Palestine and Hamas who broke the temporary ceasefire and truce, or Israel? Israel was TELLING the Palestinians when and where they would strike, while the Palestinians were digging tunnels to infiltrate Israel. If Hamas was half as worried about Palestinian casulaties as they would have the rest of the world be, perhaps that casualty rate wouldn't be quite so high. These are extremists who don't care about the body count among their own people, so long as they aren't included in it.

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brarrab32 July 21 2014 at 8:15 AM

AOL is no better. They try to portray Israel as the bad guys when it is the other way around,
I am sorry for the loss of innocent lives on both sides (not sorry for the terrorists lives that have been lost) but Israel has been pushed to the limit and there is no turning back . My prayers go out to the brave men and women of the Israeli armed forces.and once again, Tariq Abu Khdeir flew home to Tampa Florida last week after throwing rocks at isreali armed forces and they gave him a good ass whipping and sent him home to tampa like a Dog with his tail between his legs. At least he wasn't beheaded by Israeli security forces, unlike hamas who has beheaded tens of thousands of Christians and Jews over the past few years.

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D July 21 2014 at 8:28 AM

So what part of...don't bomb us or we will come in with ground troops didn't you understand Hamas? Now you want to pick on Isreal for protecting itself?
GO ISREAL...

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fitzbeerman July 21 2014 at 7:38 AM

Maybe we should all party in the streets and dance, just like the Palestinians do whenever their terrorist friend hamas kill someone.

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SAM July 21 2014 at 8:23 AM

GETTING OUT OF HAND . ISRAEL HAS TO FINISH OFF THESE DIRT BAGS FAST,

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newteam4 July 21 2014 at 5:01 AM

Unfortunately this is what happens when your gov't wants the total destruction of another people, war! It's a terrible trajedy but one driven by that idea and it will not end well for those who don't want to negotiate but just want the annilation of the State of Israel.

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Jodi newteam4 July 21 2014 at 9:30 AM

Israel just want to live in peace and exist. They are responding to attacks by Hamas who have taken great measures to threaten that.

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Fraginals5@aol.c newteam4 July 21 2014 at 9:38 AM

Germany tried to destroy the Jews: They were destroyed. Palestinian wants to destroy Israel they will be destroyed.

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Wendy Fraginals5@aol.c July 21 2014 at 10:17 AM

They were not, and will not, be destroyed. Hitler did not kill all of the Jews and Hamas won't either. It's not Palestine (although they are also to blame for allowing Hamas terrorists to live among them) that wants to erradicate Israel but Hamas.

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korrectionelecshun July 21 2014 at 8:08 AM

keep bombing those muslims till every one of then are dead n then come to America n round up all these illegal immigrant muslims that ovomit let "BREAK" into America n deport ovoimit and all illegal immigrants out of america. !!!

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arcoregar July 21 2014 at 8:33 AM

The people of Palestine wanted Hamas and now they have a organization who's priority is bulding tunnels, lobbing rockets and who's main ideology is to hate, hate and hate some more.

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lrad0922 July 21 2014 at 8:06 AM

Ain't war hell?!!!!!
I do think the US should have always had a more neutral stance in the Middle East since WW 2, but I would say the mainstream media has always had a pro Palestinian slant over the years.

The only reason I can figure out is Israel courted the Western Alliance during the Cold War and since many western journalists tend to be Marxist sympathizes.......

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Kathleen Zaworski-Bu July 21 2014 at 8:10 AM

Enough already of the pro-Israel or pro-Palestine posts. War does not benefit the common man and woman. It only serves to enrich the already wealthy...get a grip!
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